People Reluctant to Answer Unknown Number Contributing to Delay in Vaccinations: Haggie (Details)

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The province’s regional health authorities are doing their best to ramp up vaccination clinics in light of the recent unexpected delivery of 20,000 doses of COVID vaccine.

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Janice Fitzgerald says a lot of planning goes into the distribution and administration of vaccines, and officials from each of the province’s health authorities are kicking into gear to arrange more clinics.

Health Minister John Haggie says they expect to contact all people 70 and over who have pre-registered for a vaccine by April 23rd. In the meantime, they’re running into some issues getting through to some residents.

He says people seem to be reluctant to answer their phone when called and it may well be that there is no caller ID, a private number or a number they simply don’t recognize, which is a challenge now being faced by Public Health officials. Haggie is encouraging people to answer their phone if they are waiting for a call back for a vaccination appointment and says Public Health will continue trying.

Some 90,000 doses of COVID vaccine were administered in the province as of April 5th, with 43,780 doses received by the province last week.

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