Local residents are being asked not to call their family doctor to set up an appointment to get their COVID vaccine.

Reports surfaced on the weekend that future inoculations would be scheduled through local doctors’ offices, however Dr. Jason Denys is asking for patience.

“I saw on Global News they were talking about family doctors will be calling patients over 80 to schedule their vaccine doses until the province can get the online booking set up,” Dr. Denys says. “Currently we do not want patients calling the office to schedule vaccines. We don’t have access to any scheduling currently, our phone lines are very busy on the best of days.

Dr. Denys says there’s a lot of uncertainty about the roll-out plan right now, and people just need to be patient as local plans are put into place.

“I think there’s a lot of moving parts right now, of course, and lots of different individuals working on this, and different departments working on this,” he says. “We’re happy to be part of the vaccination roll-out, of course. But I think right now there’s a lot of uncertainty about when we’ll be getting those vaccines as well.

Dr. Denys says the best place to get up-to-date COVID and vaccine information is through the Public Health website — ckphu.com/covid-19-vaccine.