Briefly, I am in Ontario. I contacted the local Health Unit, told them that the Ministry of Health was recommending that cancer patients should get their second shot sooner. They wrote back and said yes, just take this email with you when you get your first shot and they will change the second appointment. I’ll find out next Friday whether this actually works or not! The link and relevant quote from Min. Of Health is in my post from yesterday.
Here is a link to the other conversation happening: Covid Vaccinations for Chemo Patients - CancerConnection.ca
Here’s what North York Hosiptal says about it.
In Ontario, the following patients will now receive their second dose 21 to 28 days after the first dose:
- Transplant recipients
- Individuals receiving active cancer treatment (chemotherapy, targeted therapy, immunotherapy. Note - “Active cancer treatment” excludes those solely receiving hormonal therapy or radiation therapy)
To book your second dose, click on the registration link and identify yourself as having a Highest or High Risk Chronic Condition. When you come to the screening area, let the screener know that you have either received a transplant or your are receiving active treatment for cancer.
I looked at the email confirming my appointments (4 months apart) and it says to call 1-888-999-6488 to change the second appointment. I’m going to try that today, rather than waiting until I get there next week.
Sorry that this only seems to be happening in Ontario - you guys in other provinces might want to raise a little hell about it!
i just spent half an hour on hold at the number I gave in the last post, only to be told that their system automatically books appointments 4 months apart, and they can’t override that to change it to an earlier date. I told her that various websites were telling us to call that number to change it. Sorry. I asked her what cancer patients were meant to do to get an earlier second booking? Sorry, don’t know, nobody told us anything about that.
So I’m back to trying to change it when I get my first shot. Let me know if anyone has better luck!
For anyone in Ontario but not in Halton, the provincal government are the ones who created this exemption so all health units should be offering it but not all will have the same process. Keep digging until you find the procedure for your area!!!