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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.

Third dose

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.

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.


Friday October 22

Tottenham Community Centre
139 Queen St., N
12:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Muskoka Lakes Public Library
69 Joseph St., Port Carling
10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.


Monday October 25

Churchill Community Hall
6322 Yonge St., Churchill
4 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Wasaga Beach RecPlex
1724 Mosley St.,
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Township of Tay Municipal Building (GO-VAXX Bus, Pfizer only)
450 Park St., Victoria Harbour
2:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Bridgeview Park (GO-VAXX Bus, Pfizer only)
6 Fallowfield Lane, Waubaushene
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.


Tuesday October 26

Orillia Common Roof
169 Front St.
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Holly Community Centre (GO-VAXX Bus, Pfizer only)
171 Mapleton Ave., Barrie
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Wednesday October 27

Granite Ridge Retirement Residence (outdoor clinic, dress for the weather)
1097 Bethune Dr., S, Gravenhurst
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.


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.


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.


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.


Saturday November 20

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

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:


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.

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).


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.


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
    That you understand and consent to data collection, use and disclosure 
    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 21, 2021

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