The COVID-19 vaccination clinics in Ottawa were fully booked for appointments on the first day of eligibility for the booster shot for people age 50 and over.

Ottawa Public Health tweeted on Monday shortly after 11 a.m. that all community clinics were reserved for 12-year-olds and older appointments through January 2, 2022.

Meanwhile, the health unit said it was trying to open up more availability.

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Some appointments may still be available for vaccinations through the pharmacy system and through family doctors.

Ottawa community clinics continue to offer appointments for five to 11 year olds to receive their initial doses.

Ontario opened the registry for people 50 and older to receive the third dose of the vaccine on Monday morning at 8 a.m. M.

Users across the province trying to arrange third doses reported problems with the Ontario reservation portal in the initial hours that appointments were available.

As of Monday, a total of 82,828 booster shots have been administered in Ottawa.

More than half of those vaccines went to residents 70 and older.

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Just under half (48 percent) of children ages five to 11 in Ottawa have received the initial doses of the vaccine.


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