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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

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).


SMDHU Community Clinic (walk-ins and appointments available)

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

Clinic will be open Thursday, June 30th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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. (Closed July 2, 2022)

Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.(Closed July 2, 2022)


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

Location: 29 Sperling Drive

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., 

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.

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

  • GO-VAXX Bus: Collingwood Legion, 490 Ontario St., Collingwood 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 30, 2022

  • Pop-up clinic: Tay Library - Waubaushene Branch, 17 Thiffault St., Waubaushene 1:00 p.m to 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, July 2, 2022

  • GO-VAXX Bus: Royal Canadian Legion Waubaushene, 26 Willow St., Waubaushene 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • GO-VAXX Bus: Stonebridge Town Centre, 291 Main St., Wasaga Beach 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Monday, July 4, 2022

  • Pop-up clinic (walk-ins only): Collingwood Library, 55 Ste. Marie St., Collingwood 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

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

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

  • Pop-up clinic (walk-ins only): Wasaga Beach RecPlex, 1724 Mosley St., Wasaga Beach 10:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m.
  • GO-VAXX Bus: Huntsville Active Living Centre, 20 Park Dr., Huntsville 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m

Thursday, July 7, 2022

  • Pop-up clinic: Penetanguishene Public Library, 24 Simcoe St., Penetanguishene 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • GO-VAXX Bus: Bradford West Gwillimbury Pubic Library, 425 Holland St., W., Bradford 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Friday, July 8, 2022

  • GO-VAXX Bus: Collingwood Nursing Home, 250 Campbell St., Collingwood 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • GO-VAXX Bus: Collingwood Leisure Time Club, 100 Minnesota St., Collingwood 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m
  • GO-VAXX Bus: E3 Community Services, 100 Pretty River Parkway Collingwood 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, July 9, 2022

  • Patterson Park Port McNicoll, 180 Patterson Rd., Port McNicoll 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Monday, July 11, 2022

  • Pop-up clinic: Moose Lodge 1217, 6 Kichener St., Unit #2, Orillia 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

  • Pop-up clinic: Tay Library - Victoria Harbour Branch, 145 Albert St., Victoria Harbour 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • GO-VAXX Bus: Allandale Recreation Centre, 190 Bayview Dr., Barrie 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, July 14, 2022

  • GO-VAXX Bus: Collingwood Home Hardware Building Centre, 104 High St., Collingwood 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, July 16, 2022

  • GO-VAXX Bus: Alliston Memorial Arena, 49 Nelson St., W., Alliston 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, July 17, 2022

  • GO-VAXX Bus: St. Marie Among the Hurons, 16164 ON-12, Midland 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Monday, July 18, 2022

  • Pop-up clinic (walk-ins only): Wasaga Beach RecPlex: 1724 Mosley St., Wasaga Beach 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

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

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

  • GO-VAXX Bus: Peggy Hill Team Community Centre, 171 Mapleton Ave., Barrie 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, July 21, 2022

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

Friday, July 22, 2022

  • Pop-up clinic: Barrie Food Bank, 42 Anne St., S., Barrie 1:00 p.m to 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 23, 2022

  • Pop-up clinic (Walk-ins only): Baysville Walkabout Festival, Bridge St., Lake of Bays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • GO-VAXX Bus: Bridgeview Park (Tay Bike Day), 12 Fallowfield Ln., Waubaushene 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

  • GO-VAXX Bus: East Bayfield Community Centre, 80 Livingstone St. E., Barrie 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, July 28, 2022

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

Saturday, July 30, 2022

  • GO-VAXX Bus: Bradford Greenhouses Garden Gallery, 436 Hwy. 90, Springwater 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m

Thursday, August 4, 2022

  • GO-VAXX Bus: Smith's Ultramar, 21 Greer Rd., Port Sydney 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 11, 2022

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

Saturday, August 13, 2022

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

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

  • GO-VAXX Bus: Midland Huronia Highlands Mall, 930 Ron Jones Rd., Midland 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 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.

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

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

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.

 

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.


  • 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: June 29, 2022

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