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Getting your COVID-19 vaccine

  • Individuals who are turning 12 years of age in 2021 (born in 2009) or older are eligible for their first and/or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
    o For those who received Moderna, the interval between doses is at least 28 days
    o For those who received Pfizer, the interval between doses is at least 21 days
  • If you belong to a special patient group make sure you receive education/counselling about getting vaccinated from a health care provider prior to booking your appointment.

Vaccination options:

Vaccinations are available through one of these options: 

  • The follow pop-up clinics are listed by date.
  • New locations are added all the time so please check back often.
  • All clinics are walk-ins (no appointment needed) and while supplies last.
  • First or second doses available.
  • Unless indicated otherwise, both mRNA vaccines will be available at these clinics.

 

Thursday October 28

Alliston Walmart Parking Lot (GO-VAXX Bus, Pfizer only)
22 Dunham Drive.,
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Alliston Canadian Tire Parking Lot (GO-VAXX Bus, Pfizer only)
110 Yonge St.,
2 p.m. - 6 p.m.

 

Wednesday November 3

Orillia Common Roof
169 Front St.,
2 p.m. - 8 p.m.

 

Saturday November 6

New Life Church
28 Tracey Lane, Collingwood
10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Temporary Foreign Workers Welcome
11 a.m. - 3 p.m. All Simcoe Muskoka residents

 

Sunday November 7

Coldwater Foodland Parking Lot (GO-VAXX Bus, Pfizer only)
77 Coldwater Road
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

 

Tuesday November 9

​Barrie Public Library -  Gathering Place
60 Worsley St., 
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Barrie Public Library - Painswick
48 Dean Ave., 
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

 

Wednesday November 10

Collingwood Residential Parking Lot (GO-VAXX Bus, Pfizer only)
210 Matthew Way
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Collingwood Residential Parking Lot (GO-VAXX Bus, Pfizer only)
485 Second St.,
2 p.m. - 5 p.m.

 

Saturday November 13

Jackson Plaza (GO-VAXX Bus, Pfizer only)
50  Main St. E, Beeton
11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

 

Sunday November 14

Stayner Arena Parking Lot (GO-VAXX Bus, Pfizer only)
269 Regina St.,
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Creemore Arena Parking Lot (GO-VAXX Bus, Pfizer only)
218 Collingwood St.,
1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

 

Monday November 15

Lampman Lane Splash Pad Parking Lot (GO-VAXX Bus, Pfizer only)
59 Lampman Lane, Barrie
2 p.m - 7 p.m.

 

Tuesday November 16

Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library
425 Holland St., W
3 p.m. - 8 p.m.

 

Saturday November 20

Tottenham Community and Fitness Centre (GO-VAXX Bus, Pfizer only)
139 Queen St., N
11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

 

Sunday November 21

Collingwood Home Hardware Building Centre (GO-VAXX Bus,Pfizer only)
104 High St.,
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The province has recommended that a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine be offered to specific high-risk groups.

  • Immunocompromised individuals with an eligible condition. Those who are eligible may be contacted by their hospital or specialist about how to receive their 3rd dose or they can contact their primary care provider. If their primary care provider is not providing COVID-19 vaccine, they can provide them with a referral form. This form is taken to an available vaccine delivery channel such as a hospital, pharmacy, or primary care where the dose will be administered.
  • Residents of high-risk congregate settings including long-term care homes, higher-risk licensed retirement homes and First Nations elder care lodges. Third doses will be offered in their residence (either within the home or through a mobile clinic).
  • NACI has recommended all seniors living in congregate settings receive a third dose. We are waiting for Provincial direction on how/when this will be rolled out.

 

If travelling outside of Canada, it is important to review the COVID-19 requirements for your destination country. At this time a third dose will not be administered for those who received mixed vaccines and are wishing to travel outside of Canada.  The Government of Canada is working with international partners to ensure the recognition of Canada’s successful, science-based vaccination strategy abroad, which includes mixed vaccination schedules

    Youth turning 12 before the end of 2021 (born in 2009 or earlier) are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

    If you or your child have questions about youth and the COVID-19 vaccine, SickKids has a COVID-19 Vaccine Consult Service which is a by-appointment phone service that provides a safe, judgement-free space to have an open conversation about the COVID-19 vaccine for children and youth. It is available in multiple languages, using over-the-phone language interpretation. Visit their website for more information or to book an appointment. If you need help or prefer to book an appointment by phone, please call 437-881-3505.

    More information:

    Consent

    COVID-19 vaccines are only provided if informed consent is received from the person to be vaccinated, including those aged 12 to 17, and as long as you have the capacity to make this decision. This means that you understand:

    • what vaccination involves, 
    • why it is being recommended; and 
    • the risks and benefits of accepting or refusing to be vaccinated.

    Even if you are able to provide informed consent, it would be a good idea to talk about this decision with your parent/guardian or an adult you trust such as your principal or a teacher. The health care provider and family must respect a young person’s decision to be vaccinated. Ideally, this decision should be discussed in advance with a trusted adult or guardian to ensure that they understand what they are consenting to. When a young person receives their vaccine, the person giving them their shot will check that they understand the nature of the treatment and its risks and benefits.

    If you are not able to consent to receiving the vaccine, you require consent from your substitute decision-maker, such as your parent or legal guardian.

    Many people have a fear of needles causing anxiety leading up to or when attending a vaccination appointment. We have gathered a few resources that you may find helpful in easing the fear of needles for children and adults.

    It's natural to worry about your health and the health of your unborn baby during pregnancy.

    Here are answers to some of the common questions about getting the COVID-19 vaccine if you are planning a pregnancy, are currently pregnant, or recently pregnant.

    Why should I receive the COVID -19 vaccine? 

    The COVID-19 vaccine can help keep you and your unborn baby from getting sick from COVID-19

    What we know:

    The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada (SOGC) and the Medical Officer of Health of the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit recommends all people who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

    It is also recommended that any partner and family members of the pregnant individual get vaccinated to further protect the pregnant individual and their unborn child.

    Is it safe for me and my unborn baby to get the COVID-19 vaccine during my pregnancy?

    The risk of complications or severity from COVID-19 during pregnancy or postpartum far outweigh any potential risk from COVID-19 vaccination. COVID-19 vaccines cannot make you sick with COVID-19,  or damage or change your DNA.

    Dr. Tali Bogler, family medicine obstetrics provider and co founder of @pandemicpregnancyguide shared “we have large data sets, almost 80,000 individuals who have received the vaccine during their pregnancy. Some of these babies are now six months of age, and overall there are no red flags in terms of safety issues in terms of the pregnancy itself, leading to more miscarriages or pre-term births, or any congenital abnormalities in the children”. (COVID-19 and Pregnancy: Information at your Fingertips – Prenatal Screening Ontario October 13th, 2021)

    When should I get my COVID-19 vaccine? 

    Getting the COVID-19 vaccine before getting pregnant may protect you and your future baby from the harms of COVID-19 in pregnancy. 

    It is recommended that all adults and anyone over the age of 12 receive the full series of the COVID-19 vaccine. Completing the full series (two doses) before trying to get pregnant is recommended. You can consider getting vaccinated even if planning to get pregnant or at any time during your pregnancy, including the first trimester.

    Which vaccine will I get?

    mRNA COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer or Moderna) are the safest type of COVID-19 vaccine to get during pregnancy or when planning to get pregnant. 

    Could the COVID-19 vaccine cause infertility? 

    There is no scientific link to infertility caused by COVID-19 vaccines. Getting the COVID-19 vaccine before getting pregnant may protect you and your future baby from the harms of COVID-19 in pregnancy. 

    Research shows that the COVID-19 vaccine is safe for those who are trying to get pregnant (it does not impact fertility) and does not increase the risk of miscarriage.

    Are there any benefits for my baby if I get the COVID-19 vaccine? 

    If you get vaccinated when pregnant, the antibodies that your body makes to fight COVID-19 will be passed to baby to potentially protect them from COVID-19. 

    If you get vaccinated when breastfeeding, or have been vaccinated the antibodies can be found in your breast milk and passed to a baby who is breast fed to potentially protect them from COVID-19.

    I received a complete series of the COVID-19 vaccine, will I need a booster? 

    A complete two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series provides strong protection against COVID-19 infection and severe outcomes, including against the Delta variant of concern, in the general population. 

    At this time third doses of vaccine are recommended for some people who are severely or moderately immunocompromised and some older adults. Third doses are not recommended at this time for the general population or pregnant people. 

    Booster doses may be recommended for other groups in the future, as we learn more about the length of protection from two doses.

    I’ve just received other vaccines recommended in pregnancy (e.g. influenza). How long should I wait to receive the COVID-19 vaccine? 

    You don’t have to wait between COVID-19 vaccine doses and other vaccines, like Tdap or influenza vaccine, given during pregnancy.  It is important you and your baby are protected as soon as possible against many different viruses or diseases.

    I’ve had COVID-19 in the past and I’m currently pregnant. Should I get the vaccine?

    Talk to your health care provider about the best time to receive the vaccine after your recovery from COVID-19.

    It is recommended that those who have had COVID-19 infection still receive the vaccine to ensure longer term protection.

    Who cannot receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

    Consult with your health care provider prior to vaccination if you:

    • have any allergies to the vaccine ingredients (including polyethylene glycol [PEG]) or to a previous COVID-19 vaccine.have experienced myocarditis and/or pericarditis after a first dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine.

    If you have other allergies (e.g., seafood, nuts, latex, other drug allergies), you can get the COVID-19 vaccination.

    I need more information to make my decision, who can I talk with?

    Talk with your health care provider, or access the following services:

    • The Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre to speak to an experienced agent or health specialist at 1-833-943-3900 (TTY for people who are deaf, hearing-impaired or speech-impaired: 1-866-797-0007), available 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in more than 300 languages.
    • The VaxFacts Clinic - a one-to-one judgement-free phone consultation with a Scarborough Health Network doctor. The service is available in over 200 languages using an interpreter.
    • Contact us by calling 1-705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or by email

    Resources

  • COVID-19 Vaccines in Pregnancy - Ontario Government
  • I am pregnant or breastfeeding. Should I get the COVID-19 Vaccine? (ENG or FR) - Provincial Council for Maternal and Child Health
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Recommendations for Special Populations - Ministry of Health
  • COVID-19 Vaccination in Pregnancy – The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada
  • YouMUST screen yourself for symptoms of COVID-19 before you go to get your vaccination.
    Read and answer the following COVID-19 screening questions carefully:

    Please answer YES or NO to the following 3 questions.

    1. You have at least one of the following symptoms that is new, worsening and not related to other known causes or conditions OR had at least one of these symptoms in the past 10 days:

    • fever, chills, 
    • cough or croup (“barking” cough), 
    • shortness of breath, 
    • sore throat, difficulty swallowing, 
    • decrease or loss of taste or smell, 
    • unexplained muscle aches, 
    • falling down often (for older people), 
    • extreme tiredness, 
    • pink eye (conjunctivitis), 
    • unexplained/prolonged headache, 
    • digestive issues (nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain), 
    • runny or stuffy/congested nose (not related to seasonal allergies or underlying condition).

    OR

    2. You have been in close contact with someone: 

    • who was sick with any new COVID-19 symptoms, OR 
    • who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days.

    OR

    3. You have travelled outside of Canada in the past 14 days.

    If you answered YES to any of the questions please get your vaccination at another time.

    If you answered YES to question #1, it is recommended you get tested and get your vaccination when you are well.

    • 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. 
    • 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.
    • Bring your health card and/or any other form of identification as required. 
    • Bring assistive devices as needed (e.g. scooter, wheelchair, cane) 
    • Reading glasses and/or hearing aid, if required 
    • Bring your mask. 
    • One person can accompany a client to the vaccination clinic if they need assistance. Everyone needs to ensure they are following public health measures.

    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.

    You will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms before entering into the clinic.

    • One of Health Canada's approved mRNA vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) is administered at our clinics. You will not be able to select which vaccine you are administered. 
    • Wear your mask, clean/sanitize your hands, and practice physical distancing from others (at least 2 metres). 
    • You will be asked to verbally provide your consent to acknowledge (we will go over the details with you when you get your vaccination, feel free to ask questions at this time). 
      The collection, use and disclosure of personal health information
      and;
      That you understand and consent to data collection, use and disclosure 
      and
      You also have the choice to consent to being contacted about research studies related to the COVID-19 vaccine in the future. 
    • You will be required to wait 15 minutes (30 minutes for those with a history of severe allergies) after getting your vaccine to be sure you are feeling well.
    • You will be required to wait 15 minutes (30 minutes for those with a history of severe allergies) after getting your vaccine to be sure you are feeling well. 
    • Review the after care sheet you are provided.

    Similar to 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.

    Very rare cases of blood clots with low platelets have been reported in those who have received the AstraZeneca vaccine. Learn more about this rare possible side effect.

    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. 

    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.

    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 immunization 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

    Other things to know after you get the vaccine

    Do not get any other vaccines until you have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and at least 28 days have passed after the second dose (unless considered necessary by your health care provider).

    If you are planning to become pregnant, it is recommended that you wait 28 days after receiving the vaccine.

    You will be provided with a paper certificate as proof of vaccination and, if you consent, it will also be emailed to you. Be sure to keep that as you may be required to notify your workplace’s Occupational Health and Wellness department that you have been vaccinated and provide them with proof of vaccination.

    Page Last Updated: October 27, 2021

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