If you haven't had any luck snagging one of the coveted appointments for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment in York Region, you can try signing up for the end-of-day wait list being piloted in Vaughan, or the priority wait list for day's end at the Stouffville clinic.
To add your name to the wait list at Maple Community Centre for the limited number of doses that may come available, you must:
- be currently eligible to receive the vaccine;
- be available between 6 and 9 p.m. that day;
- be able to visit the clinic within 15 minutes of being called.
SoccerCity in Stouffville has also implemented a standby list so that no doses go to waste in the case of no-shows and cancellations.
The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine is being administered at Soccer City, so adults aged 40 and older can join the standby list for 4:30 to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday on the chance that vaccines are available. You must be able to visit the clinic within 15 minutes of being called.
If the end-of-day wait list pilot is successful in Maple, it may be expanded to other clinics in the region, said Patrick Casey, York Region director of corporate communications.
There is no guarantee individuals on wait lists will be called or guaranteed a vaccine, he added.
The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are administered at the Maple clinic at 10190 Keele St.
"Residents (can) add their name to a list for the opportunity to receive an end-of-day dose that may be available due to a multi-dose vial being opened — a very limited number of doses may be available each day, up to a maximum of nine doses," Casey said.
The wait list is created for the specific clinic day only and residents will need to add their name to a new wait list each day.
Eligible individuals can join the wait list on the Maple Community Clinic tab on york.ca/COVID19Vaccine; the wait list feature looks similar to booking an appointment, but instead of a booking a time, it will appear as a wait list, Casey explained.
The Stouffville clinic standby list is available at stouffvillevaccinates.com/
Earlier this week, Whitchurch-Stouffville Mayor Iain Lovatt posted on his Twitter account that "standby vaccinations" are available, "Please understand there is NO guarantee. We just don't want any vaccines wasted."