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Booking begins for local adults seeking new bivalent booster at Pinebush clinic

To meet an expected spike in demand, the region is also reopening the Pinebush mass vaccination clinic in Cambridge
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Appointments are open for local adults 18 and older to begin booking shots of the new bivalent COVID-19 vaccine at the soon-to-be reopened Pinebush Road clinic in Cambridge. 

This is the vaccine designed to target both the original strain of the virus and the original Omicron variant. It's also the one many have been waiting for amid warnings we could see another spike in infections as we move deeper into the fall.

Because of that, the region says it does also expect an initial spike in vaccine demand.

"For the first two weeks we're anticipating about 8,000 appointments a week," said Jessie Johal, Director of COVID response and infectious diseases at Region of Waterloo.

That demand though would be enough to overwhelm current clinics in the region so, starting Monday, the region says doors will also be reopening at the Pinebush mass vaccination site in Cambridge -- at least temporarily.

"And then we'll reassess and either ramp-up or look at other mobile, community clinics," said Johal, adding mobile clinics are already being planned in some of the region's rural areas starting next week.

The region is also reminding doses will also be available at participating pharmacies and doctor's offices.

And a reminder also that the recommended wait between shots or boosters is still six months, though it can be as short as three.

"They'll need to call the provincial vaccine contact centre so they can give informed consent to receive the vaccine before six months."

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