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WDG Public Health utilizes social media to distribute more vaccine

The public health unit says it has found success in posting extra doses online
2021-02-16 vaccine
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Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health has taken to Twitter in recent days to alert the community of additional COVID-19 vaccines.

WDG has followed the lead of accounts like "Vaccine Hunters" which posts about vaccine availability across the country.

Every post highlights a number of doses available for walk-in appointments, and the shots are often used up in under two hours.

"We are thrilled with the response from the public to the drop-in dose option," said Danny Williamson, Communications Specialist, WDG Public Health. "Since we first piloted the process, hundreds of residents of Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph have gotten their first and second dose as quickly as possible. It has also helped to reduce the chance that any doses of the vaccine are wasted."

Williamson says the health unit will most likely continue this method of communication with the public as long as vaccine supply allows, and people keep showing up.

Meantime, Waterloo Region has opened up three vaccine clinics to walk-in appointments for first doses.

Those include The Boardwalk in Waterloo, Health Sciences Campus in Kitchener, and the public health building in Waterloo.

Sharon Ord, Acting Vaccine Communications Lead for Waterloo Region, says depending on the public response and operational capacity, walk-in appointments may be expanded to other clinics in the future.

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