Despite tech hiccups, 133,000 Ontarians got a vaccine appointment booked on day one of online portal

Another 110,000 appointments booked by early afternoon Tuesday

While day one of the province-wide COVID-19 vaccine booking website rollout was a frustrating one for some, others found it a breeze. Premier Doug Ford said on Tuesday about 133,000 people across Ontario were able to get a shot booked.

“That’s nearly 185 appointments made every single minute,” said Premier Ford on Tuesday afternoon, acknowledging there were issues for some users of the site. “We knew there’d be bumps in the road, and a handful of people, unfortunately, received an error message. But as General Hillier said, ‘we identified the issues fast and we fixed them even faster,’ and that’s exactly what we did.”

Premier Doug Ford, during a media briefing on Tuesday, indicated issues with the online booking system have been fixed

“Today, over 110,000 more appointments have been booked since this morning,” added the Premier. “If anyone experienced any issues yesterday, please log back on our call today to book your appointment.”

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In the first hours of the online portal’s rollout, there was a slew of online complaints, with many users reporting receiving the message “form has been tampered with,” leading to hours-long wait times on the provincial telephone hotline.