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UPDATED: As many respiratory viruses are back this fall, it is recommended that you stay up to date with your COVID-19 vaccinations. Staying up to date means that you have received your primary series and have received a dose of COVID-19 vaccine within the last 6 months.

Booster doses are available for everyone aged five and over to help restore protection that may have decreased since your last dose. If you have not received a recent dose of COVID-19 vaccine in the last 6 months it is recommended that you receive your fall booster now to provide you with protection from severe illness, long-term COVID-19 symptoms, and hospitalization.

If you have had COVID-19 you should still get the booster dose. You are recommended to get a booster dose if it has been between three and six months after symptom onset or a positive test, However, waiting six months may provide a better immune response.

Individuals aged five and over may receive a COVID-19 vaccine at the same time, or at any time before or after other vaccines, including the flu shot. children between six months and under five years are recommended to wait 14 days before or after the administration of another vaccine before getting their COVID-19 vaccine. 

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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.

Special note:

If you chose to book an appointment at the recommended interval between doses use the provincial booking system. If you are wanting to book an appointment earlier than the recommended interval you will need to call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900. The recommended interval between doses depends on age and vaccine given.

 

SMDHU Community Clinic (appointment only)

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

Location: Georgian Mall, 509 Bayfield St. Barrie (Upper Level beside Hudson's Bay, park by Customer Service entrance beside Hudson's Bay)

Wednesday: 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

RVH's Immunization Clinic  (Appointments highly encouraged, walk-ins only upon availability)

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

Location: 29 Sperling Drive, Barrie

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

 

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

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

To book an appointment at this clinic visit Couchiching Ontario Health Team Clinic.

 

 

Pop-up and GO-VAXX clinics offer the following:  Five years+ (1st and 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. 

UPDATED: 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.

To book an appointment at the recommended interval you can use the provincial booking system. If you are wanting to book an appointment earlier than the recommended interval you will need to call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900.

For the most up-to-date schedule and 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.

Friday, December 9, 2022

  • Pop-up Clinic: Orillia Common Roof - Boardroom, 169 Front St., S., Orillia 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 10, 2022

  • GO-VAXX Bus: Huntsville Active Living Centre, 20 Park Dr., Huntsville 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • GO-VAXX Bus: Lakehead University Campus - Orillia, 500 University Ave., Orillia 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 11, 2022

  • GO-VAXX Bus: Centennial Park Waterfront Barrie, 65 Lakeshore Dr., Barrie 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Monday, December 12 ,2022

  • GO-VAXX Bus: New Life Church, 28 Tracey Ln., Collingwood 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • GO-VAXX Bus: Barrie Construction Association, 200 Brock St., Barrie 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • GO-VAXX Bus: Jackson Plaza, 50 Main St. E., Beeton 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

  • Pop-up clinic: Bracebridge Legion, 168 Muskoka Rd. S., Bracebridge 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Pop-up clinic: Bond Head Community Centre, 2892 Hwy. 27, Bond Head 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • GO-VAXX Bus: Georgian College Orillia Campus, 825 Memorial Ave., Orillia 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

  • Pop-up clinic: Victoria Harbour Library, 145 Albert St., Victoria Harbour 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • GO-VAXX Bus: New Life Church, 28 Tracey Ln., Collingwood 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • GO-VAXX Bus: Bracebridge Sportsplex, 110 Clearbrook Trail, Bracebridge 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, December 15, 2022

  • Pop-up clinic: Port Carling Legion, 4 Bailey St., Port Carling 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • GO-VAXX Bus: Oro-Medonte Arena, 71 Line 4 North, Oro-Medonte 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Friday, December 16, 2022

  • Pop-up clinic: Orillia Common Roof - Boardroom, 169 Front St. S., Orillia 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • GO-VAXX Bus: Collingwood Home Hardware, 104 High St., Collingwood 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 17, 2022

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

Sunday, December 18, 2022

  • GO-VAXX Bus: Joe's No-Frills Plaza, 165 Wellington St., W., Barrie 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Monday, December 19, 2022

  • GO-VAXX Bus: County of Simcoe Administration Centre, 1110 Hwy. 26, Midhurst 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • GO-VAXX Bus: Bradford Public Library, 425 Holland St., W., Bradford 11:00 a.m to 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, December 20, 2022

  • Pop-up clinic: Huntsville Royal Canadian Legion - Branch 232, 21 Veterans Way, Huntsville 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 21, 2022

  • Pop-up clinic: Wasaga Beach RecPlex, 1724 Mosley St., Wasaga Beach 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Pop-up clinic: Midland Public Library, 320 King St., Midland 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • GO-VAXX Bus: New Tecumseth Recreation Centre, 7900 Industrial Pkwy, Alliston 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • GO-VAXX Bus: Angus Recreation Centre, 8529 County Rd. 10, Angus 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, December 22, 2022

  • GO-VAXX Bus: Stonebridge Town Centre, 291 Main St., Wasaga Beach 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Friday, December 23, 2022

  • Pop-up clinic: Orillia Common Roof Boardroom, 169 Front St. S., Orillia 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • GO-VAXX Bus: Wasaga Beach RecPlex, 1724 Mosley St., Wasaga Beach 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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

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: December 9, 2022

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