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COVID-19

Get vaccinated

Staying up to date with all COVID-19 vaccine doses you are currently eligible for remains the best defense against infection, severe illness, long term COVID-19 symptoms, hospitalization and death. As we continue to learn more about COVID-19 vaccine and the disease itself, recommendations about vaccinations will also change.

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To get a COVID-19 vaccine, you can walk-in at a community clinic or a local pop-up clinic, make an appointment at a health unit office or visit a local pharmacy that offers the COVID vaccine. If you don’t have a health card number, you can still get vaccinated. It is important that you do not leave isolation to get your vaccination.

Appointments are available to get your COVID-19 vaccine at one of our health unit offices listed below.

To book an appointment use the COVID-19 vaccination portal or the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre (1-833-943-3900).

We are not accepting walk-ins at our health unit office locations.

PLEASE NOTE: All persons attending an appointment at our office locations will be required to wear a mask. Masks will be made available at the entrance.

Locations Include:

Collingwood: 280 Pretty River Parkway

Cookstown: 2-25 King St. South

Gravenhurst: 2-5 Pineridge Gate

Huntsville: 34 Chaffey St.

Midland: A-925 Hugel Ave.

Orillia: 120-169 Front St. South

All persons attending a Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit community vaccination clinic will be required to wear a mask. Masks will be made available at the entrance to all our clinics.

To book an appointment at any clinics accepting appointments (other than OSMH) use the COVID-19 vaccination portal or the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre (1-833-943-3900).

Special note for people eligible for their fourth dose:

Both Barrie clinics offer walk-in appointments for both three- and five-month intervals. To book an appointment at these locations at the five-month interval use the provincial booking system If you are wanting to book an appointment earlier than the five-month interval you will need to call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900.

SMDHU Community Clinic (walk-ins may be accepted based on demand and appointments available)

Location: Georgian Mall, 509 Bayfield St. (Lower Level see map for directions)

Tuesday: 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

 

RVH's Immunization Clinic (walk-ins may be accepted based on demand and appointments available)

Location: 29 Sperling Drive

Tuesdays and Thursdays: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

*NOW AVAILABLE
Immunization for children six months to under five years: Every Wednesday in August from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
(Additional clinic times will be added as required)

  

Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital (OSMH) (appointments only)

Location: Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital Kiwanis Building - West Entrance 170 Colborne St. W., 

To book an appointment visit Couchiching Ontario Health Team Clinic 

 

Pop-up and GO-VAXX clinics offer the following:  Five years+ (1st & 2nd doses), 12 years (1st boosters) and 18 years+ (2nd boosters). 

Pop-up clinics: Most pop-up clinics are walk-in based and if there are appointments available they can be accessed through the provincial booking system. 

GO-VAXX mobile clinics: These clinics are by appointment and they offer walk-ins while supplies last.  You can book an appointment on the GO-VAXX bus up to four days before the clinic date.

For people getting a fourth dose, if you are wanting to book an appointment earlier than the five-month interval you will need to call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900.

To see if a GO-VAXX bus is coming to your neighbourhood, please visit the GO-VAXX bus schedule.

New dates and locations will be added regularly.

Thursday, August 18, 2022

  • Pop-up clinic: The Common Roof - Boardroom B, 169 Front St. S, Orillia 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Pop-up clinic: Ontario Works Office - Alliston, 39 Victoria St. East, Alliston 9:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • GO-VAXX Bus: Stonebridge Town Centre, 291 Main St., Wasaga Beach 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 20, 2022

  • GO-VAXX Bus: Wasaga Beach RecPlex, 1724 Mosley St., Wasaga Beach 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 21, 2022

  • GO-VAXX Bus: Barrie Supercentre - Walmart, 450 Bayfield St., Barrie 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • GO-VAXX Bus: Tottenham Community and Fitness Centre, 139 Queen St. N., Tottenham 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

  • GO-VAXX Bus: Penetanguishene Village Square Mall, 2 Poyntz St., Penetanguishene 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

  • GO-VAXX Bus: Innisfil ideaLAB Library - Lakeshore, 967 Innisfil Beach Rd., Innisfil 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • GO-VAXX Bus: North Simcoe Sports & Recreation Centre, 527 Len Self Blvd., Midland 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 25, 2022

  • Pop-up clinic: Barrie Public Library - Painswick Branch, 48 Dean Ave., Barrie 9:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Pop-up clinic: Barrie Public Library - Downtown Branch - 60 Worsley St., Barrie 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Pop-up clinic: Waubaushene Branch Library, 17 Thiffault St., Waubaushene 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, August 27, 2022

  • Pop-up clinic: Bracebridge Farmers' Market, Memorial Park, Manitoba St., & Kimberly Ave., Bracebridge 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Sunday, August 28, 2022

  • GO-VAXX Bus: Essa Agriplex - Barrie Fair, 7505 10th Line, Thornton 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • GO-VAXX Bus: Home Hardware, 104 High St., Collingwood 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Monday, August 29, 2022

  • Pop-up clinic: Ontario Works Office - Midland, 9226 Highway 93, Unit 109, Midland 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

  • GO-VAXX Bus: County of Simcoe Administration Centre - Midhurst, 1110 Highway 26, Midhurst 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

Thursday, September 1, 2022

 

  • Pop-up clinic: Ontario Works Office - Bradford, 157 Holland St. East, Unit 4, Bradford 9:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

 

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

  • Pop-up clinic: Orillia Ontario Works Office, 50 Andrew St. S., Orillia 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • GO-VAXX Bus: County of Simcoe Administration Centre - Midhurst, 1110 Highway 26, Midhurst 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

    • GO-VAXX Bus: Wasaga Beach RecPlex, 1724 Mosley St., Wasaga Beach 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    • GO-VAXX Bus: Adjala-Tosorontio Municipal Building, 7855 30th Sideroad, Alliston 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    • Pop-up clinic: Theo and Elaine Bernard Library - Victoria Harbour Branch, 145 Albert St., Tay 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    Thursday, September 8, 2022

    • GO-VAXX Bus: Georgian College - Barrie Campus, 1 Georgian Dr., Barrie 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    • GO-VAXX Bus: Georgian College - Orillia Campus, 825 Memorial Ave., Orillia 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    Saturday, September 10, 2022

    • GO-VAXX Bus: New Life Church, 28 Tracey Ln., Collingwood 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    Wednesday, September 14, 20223

    • GO-VAXX Bus: Bracebridge Sportplex, 110 Clearbrook Trail, Bracebridge 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    • Pop-up clinic: Ontario Works Office - Barrie, 136 Bayfield Street, 4th floor, Barrie 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    Thursday, September 15, 2022

    • GO-VAXX Bus: Georgian College - Barrie Campus, 1 Georgian Dr., Barrie 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    • GO-VAXX Bus: Georgian College - Orillia Campus, 825 Memorial Ave., Orillia 10:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m.

    Saturday, September 17, 2022

    • GO-VAXX Bus: Wasaga Beach RecPlex, 1724 Mosely St., Wasaga Beach 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    Sunday, September 18, 2022

    • GO-VAXX Bus: North Simcoe Sports Recreation Centre, 577 Len Self Blvd., Midland 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

     Saturday, September 24, 2022

    • GO-VAXX Bus: New Life Church, 28 Tracey Ln., Collingwood 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    • GO-VAXX Bus: Penetanguishene Village Square Mall, 2 Poyntz St., Penetanguishene 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Wednesday, September 28, 2022

    • GO-VAXX Bus: Angus Recreation Centre, 8529 County Rd. 10, Anugs 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    Monday, October 3, 2022

    • GO-VAXX Bus: County of Simcoe Administration Centre, 1110 Hwy 26, Midhurst 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    Wednesday, October 5, 2022

    • GO-VAXX Bus: Huntsville Active Living Centre, 20 Park Dr., Huntsville 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

    Saturday, October 8, 2022

    • GO-VAXX Bus: New Life Church, 28 Tracey Ln., Collingwood 11:00 a.m .to 6:00 p.m.

    Wednesday, October 12, 2022

    • GO-VAXX Bus: Penetanguishene Village Squre Mall, 2 Poyntz St., Penetanguishene 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Saturday, October 15, 2022

    • GO-VAXX Bus: Wasaga Beach RecPlex, 1724 Mosley St., Wasaga Beach 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    Wednesday, October 19, 2022

    • Pop-up Clinic: Ontario Works Office - Barrie, 136 Bayfield St., 4th Floor, Barrie 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    Saturday, October 22, 2022

    • GO-VAXX Bus: New Life Church, 28 Tracey Ln., Collingwood 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    Wednesday, October 26, 2022

    • GO-VAXX Bus: North Simcoe Sports & Rec Centre, 527 Len Self Blvd., Midland 11:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m.

    Click here to find your closest pharmacy to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

    Most pharmacies book appointments ahead of time and some allow walk-ins. Check with the pharmacy before you go.

    Preparing for your appointment

    The following community partners are offering transportation services for those accessing a COVID-19 vaccine clinic. Eligibility for each service may differ.

    Bradford: Bradford West Gwillimbury Transit

    County of Simcoe: CT Link- Request a ride to your COVID vaccination appointment. Some transportation providers may have specific eligibility criteria. Please use the search to find out if you are eligible.)

    District of Muskoka:  Community Transit

    North Simcoe: Transportation Linking Communities (TLC)

    For anyone coming to a community clinic that would benefit from accommodations or additional supports to ensure their clinic experience is a positive one, call Health Connection 705-721-7520 (1-877-721-7520) ext. 5997 to speak to one of our staff; submit a request online (at least 48 hours before your appointment or by 2 p.m. Friday for weekend appointments) or arrive 15 minutes before the appointment and see the on-site clinic coordinator for assistance.

    For those who are homebound and unable to leave their home, we encourage you to check with any other health care provider that provides care to you in your home to see if they are able to provide your booster dose. If you don’t have any in home care providers or they are unable to provide vaccination, the health unit is taking requests by calling Health Connection at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520, Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for homebound vaccination.


    • All persons attending a Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit community, office or school-based vaccination clinic will be required to wear a mask. Masks will be made available at the entrance to all our clinics.

    • Bring your health card or if you don't have one, bring a form of identification and proof of address (e.g. driver's license, passport or utility bill).
    • Please avoid applying any scented products (i.e., perfume, scented deodorant, body spray, etc.) the day of your appointment. Our clinics strive to be scent neutral for those individuals who are scent sensitive.
    • Take any regular medication and eat meals as usual. 
    • Bring a list of any medications you are taking. 
    • Make sure to wear a loose-fitting shirt that allows easy access to your upper arm. 
    • ONLY in the case where a substitute decision maker is filling out consent on behalf of someone getting the vaccine please read, fill out and bring the COVID-19 Vaccine Screening and Consent Form with you to the vaccination.

     

    Like other vaccines, COVID-19 vaccines can cause side effects for some people. These usually last from a few hours to a few days after vaccination. Side effects are more likely to happen after the second dose. This is the body's natural inflammatory response or reaction, indicating that it's working hard to build immunity against the disease.

    Examples of common side effects that have been reported for the COVID-19 vaccines include redness or swelling where the vaccine was given, tiredness/headache, muscle/joint pain, chills/fever, and diarrhea.

    You can use a cool damp cloth where the vaccine was given to help with soreness. If needed, pain or fever medication (such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen) may help with pain or fever.

    Rare side effects

    Serious side effects after receiving the vaccine are rare. Most serious reactions will occur shortly after injection, and clinic staff are prepared to help you if you have an allergic reaction should it occur. However, should you develop any of the following adverse reactions within three days of receiving the vaccine, seek medical attention right away or call 911 if needed.

    Rare serious side effects include:

    • allergic reaction (hives, swelling of the face or mouth, trouble breathing),
    • very pale colour,
    • serious drowsiness,
    • high fever (over 40°C),
    • convulsions or seizures, and
    • numbness (pins and needles).

    If you have a reaction that requires you to seek medical care, your healthcare provider will inform public health of any serious side effects after vaccination.

    Reporting an adverse reaction to a vaccine

    If you are concerned about any reactions you experience after receiving the vaccine, contact your healthcare provider. Any side effects that are greater than common side effects listed on your aftercare sheet from the vaccination clinic or that are concerning to you should be reported to SMDHU Immunization Program at 705-721-7520 (1-877-721-7520). One of our staff will collect the information and advise you on next steps.

    If you experienced side effects that were more severe than the common side effects after your first dose, make sure to tell the person providing the second dose about the side affects you experienced the first time.

    Reported side effects are collected provincially, nationally and internationally and guidance about getting the vaccine is adjusted as required.

    Page Last Updated: August 18, 2022

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