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Ontario residents 18+ can now book COVID-19 booster

Prepare to wait though as tens of thousands of people are trying to do the same thing

Patience is the name of the game if you are trying to book your COVID-19 vaccine booster this week.

As of today, Ontario residents 18 and older can book their booster through the provincial portal, as along as it’s been at least 84 days (three months) since receiving the second shot.

If you plan on booking your appointment through the oline portal, be prepared to wait. The volume of people trying to book is high and wait times of at least an hour are not unusual. Those who have booked report receiving appointment dates of a month away.

Those who have attended a local vaccine clinic offered by Public Health Sudbury & Districts are also reporting fairly long lines.

The province announced Wednesday that it was expanding eligibility in an effort to bolster defences against the Omicron variant of COVID-19. 

Pharmacies were able to start offering the boosters to younger adults on Friday, but now Ontarians can make appointments through the province's or a local public health unit's website.

There are also new public health restrictions in effect in Ontario, in a move Premier Doug Ford said was designed to protect against Omicron while the population gets boosters.

As of Sunday, restaurants, retailers, gyms and other indoor settings will only be allowed to open at 50 per cent capacity.

Indoor social gatherings are limited to a maximum of 10 people, while outdoor gatherings can only have 25. 

-With files from The Canadian Press