Renfrew County and District increases vaccine capacity

Renfrew County and District Covid-19 Vaccine Communications Committee distributed the following on Dec.22:

The Renfrew County and District Health Unit is pleased to announce that it, with the support of partner organizations, has doubled its vaccination efforts in the past week alone. Furthermore, beginning December 23rd, the Pembroke vaccination site for 12+ clinics will be relocating to 100 Crandall Street, former home of the local call centre in the city’s west end.

The clinic is being operated on behalf of RCDHU by the Pembroke Regional Hospital.

Over the next couple of weeks as that clinic ramps up, appointment availability for those seeking COVID-19 vaccine appointments will nearly quadruple.

Andrew Keck, Manager of Healthy Communities/COVID-19 Vaccination Program said “those looking to book an appointment can expect to see increased appointment availability online in the coming days, with a significant number being opened up after Christmas and into the beginning of January.”

While RCDHU is currently experiencing some technical difficulties which are temporarily reducing the capacity of the organization’s call centre, there is no impact to the online booking system.

Currently, everyone 18 years of age and over who received their second dose a minimum of 84 days ago is eligible to book an appointment for their third dose.

Those looking to book an appointment locally can do so via the following online link:

Individuals are encouraged to ask a family member or friend to assist if they are unable to navigate the booking site themselves and to note the location of their appointment on their confirmation email to ensure which site they are booked at.

ONLY those who have no online access should be calling the health unit with regards to booking an appointment.

Pharmacies in the region are also offering third dose appointments.

For more information, visit RCDHU’s website or call 613-732-3629 or 1-800-267-1097.

Levesque,C.,RCD Covid-19 Vaccine Communications Committee(2021,Dec.22) Vaccination Capacity Increases With Move To Larger Pembroke Clinic Site [media release]


  1. Judy Sauro

    I agree! Those of us who are over 70 cannot wait outside in -20c temperature for up to an hour for a shot. I’ve done it and won’t do it again. There is much more room to wait inside at the PJY Centre, why not have it there?
    I’d like to get my booster but not at the expense of freezing to death.

  2. Eve-Marie Chamot

    One thing which would help in BB is if, for the big vax “rush”, they could move the vax venue to the Paul Yakabuski community center so people can wait inside out of the weather.
    The Legion hall is much too small for all the people waiting for a vax so people must queue outside in cold weather which is especially difficult for the older folks.
    I had my appointment today for 2pm and I joined the queue at 150pm because they said not to arrive too early
    but it was about 45 minutes before I got vaxxed and I spent a lot of time standing outside in the cold which was a bit unpleasant today.
    At least there is plenty of interest in this area in getting the booster vax so hopefully the incidence of Omicron will subside soon.

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