Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Rescheduling my second vaccine shots - lots of effort!

I got my first COVID-19 vaccine shot in late April. My second one was scheduled for mid-August. In Canada, the guideline was twelve weeks between shots.

Recently, it was deemed safe to schedule shots eight weeks in advance. I got the first available shot, which was AstraZeneca. It has also been deemed safe to mix vaccines, so I can do Moderna or Pfizer. I also have the choice to get AstraZeneca again.

The problem is the Ontario Health site to schedule a second shot. After numerous attempts and rejections on Monday, I got an appointment for July 10 in Orillia. To put that distance into perspective, it's roughly 80 km from where I live, which would take over an hour to drive over there on a couple of highways.

Yesterday, I decided to see if I could get something sooner. I got July 6 in Alliston, which is slightly closer to me than Orillia.

The folks at Vaccine Hunters Canada are awesome. I saw a post that said that a clinic in Brampton had Moderna shots and there were no regional restrictions. Brampton is roughly 54 km or a 35-minute drive from where I live.

I now have an appointment for my second shot next Monday. I am taking a half day off. I feel relieved. It has been an effort to get to this stage.


  1. It isn't easy here either. I went online to the provincial site as soon as I was eligible for a second shot sooner, but there were no appointments available. Then I discovered that our Public Health had set aside vaccine for people in my age group. So I was able to book us both on the PH site for earlier than August. We got our second Pfizer shots yesterday!


    1. Yay! I'm so glad that all worked out. I hope that your side effects are either mild or nonexistent.

  2. wow it seems like a lucky break that you managed to get an appointment earlier AND nearer to you. Good luck!

    1. I am a lucky gal. Less time driving over there is great.