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Some Shoppers pharmacies offering 24/7 vaccinations starting Wednesday

Last Updated Apr 21, 2021 at 11:24 am EDT

Looking to buy some toilet paper, Leah Gold leaves the Shoppers Drug Mart store on Yonge St. near St.Clair Ave., which was out of stock on the paper, on Mar 17 2020. Globe and Mail
Summary

The province is also allowing vaccinations on a walk-in basis


Some pharmacies will begin the 24/7 vaccinations as early as Wednesday


Twenty pharmacies across Ontario will be taking part, 16 of which are located in the province's COVID-19 hot spots


Some Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacies in Ontario are offering 24/7 COVID-19 vaccinations for people aged 40 and over, starting Wednesday.

Twenty Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacies across Ontario will be taking part, offering the AstraZeneca shot. Sixteen of the participating pharmacies are located in COVID hot zones – Toronto, Peel, and York region.

See the full list of pharmacies offering vaccinations 24 hours a day here.

“Working with our pharmacy partners, we are ensuring communities who are most at risk are able to access COVID-19 vaccines conveniently, close to home and around the clock,” Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, said in a press release.

The province is also allowing vaccinations on a walk-in basis. Residents are advised to contact pharmacies prior to showing up to make sure they are offering walk-in vaccines.

As of Tuesday, people in Ontario age 40 and older became eligible to get the shot at some 1,400 pharmacies across the province.


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People who want to get the shot are advised to contact their doctor or a pharmacy directly to book an appointment.

Shoppers Drug Mart said on social media that appointments can be secured through its website, but other pharmacies may be easier to reach by phone. In the past, some pharmacies have also offered walk-in appointments, so residents can also check if that’s an option.


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