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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.

COVID-19 pharmacy vaccine locations

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.

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

To book an appointment use theCOVID-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:

Barrie: 15 Sperling Dr.

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

PLEASE NOTE: 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).

Barrie

SMDHU Community Clinic (walk-in and appointments available)

Location: Georgian Mall, 509 Bayfield St. (Lower Level)

  • Wednesday - Friday: Noon - 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

 

RVH's Immunization Clinic (walk-in and appointments available)

Location: 29 Sperling Drive

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

 

Orillia

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 

 

UPDATED: Pop-up clinics (walk-in and appointments)

To see if a GO-VAXX bus is coming to your neighbourhood, please visit the GO-VAXX bus schedule. You can book an appointment on the GO-Vaxx bus up to four days before the clinic date. Walk-ins are accepted, while vaccine supplies last.

New dates and locations will be added regularly.

Friday, May 27, 2022

  • GO-VAXX Bus: E3 Community Services, 100 Pretty River Parkway, Collingwood 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 28, 2022

  • Pop-up clinic: Collingwood New Life Church, 28 Tracey Ln., Collingwood 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Monday, May 30, 2022

  • GO-VAXX Bus: Gravenhurst Centennial Centre, 101 Centennial Dr., Gravenhurst 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

  • GO-VAXX Bus: Stayner Arena, 269 Regina St., Stayner 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 2, 2022

  • Pop-up clinic: Midland Public Library, 320 King St., Midland, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • GO-VAXX Bus: Collingwood Leisure Club, 100 Minnesota St., Collingwood 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • GO-VAXX Bus: Creemore and District Recreation Centre, 218 Collingwood St., Creemore 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Monday, June 6, 2022

  • GO-VAXX Bus: Allandale Recreation Centre, 190 Bayview Dr., Barrie 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • GO-VAXX Bus: Wasaga RecPlex, 1724 Mosley St., Wasaga Beach 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

  • Pop-up clinic: Penetanguishene Public Library, 24 Simcoe St. Penetanguishene, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

  • GO-VAXX Bus: Bracebridge SportsPlex, 110 Clearbrook Trail, Bracebridge 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 9, 2022

  • GO-VAXX Bus: Innisfil ideaLab & Library, Lakeshore, 967 Innisfil Beach Rd., Innisfil 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

  • GO-VAXX Bus: Parkview Community Centre, 189 Blake St., Barrie 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Monday, June 20, 2022

  • GO-VAXX Bus: Wasaga Beach RecPlex, 1724 Mosley St., Wasaga Beach 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

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

Thursday, June 23, 2022

  • GO-VAXX Bus: Innisfil ideaLAB and Library, Cookstown Branch, 20 Church St., Cookstown 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Monday, June 27, 2022

  • GO-VAXX Bus: Barrie Hill Farms, 2935 Barrie Hill Rd., Springwater 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

  • Pop-up clinic: Collingwood Legion, 490 Ontario St., Collingwood 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

 

 Who:

  • First Nations, Métis, and Inuit adults 18 years or older and non-Indigenous adults living in the same household are now eligible to get a second COVID-19 booster if enough time has passed since their previous booster was received. 
  • This clinic will also provide first boosters, or first or second doses to Indigenous children, youth, and adults who are eligible.

 

Location: North Simcoe Recreation Centre, 527 Len Self Blvd. Midland, Bill Thompson Room

When: June 1, 2022, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Appointments or walk-ins available.

Booking:

  • You can book your appointment online and skip the line. Walk-ins are welcome. If you need help booking call 705-818-0575 (Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

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.


  • 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.

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

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: May 27, 2022

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