SGB COVID Vaccinations, June, 22 2021

South Georgian Bay COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics

Simcoe Muskoka Delta hot spot update

Simcoe Muskoka has been identified as a Delta hot spot, therefore as of Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 8:00 a.m., individuals who received their first dose of an mRNA vaccine on or before May 30, 2021 who live in Simcoe Muskoka will be eligible to book or rebook their second dose appointment at a shortened interval. You will be emailed a link to book your appointment when it is available.

 

Looking for your vaccine receipt?

Patients can now download a copy of their receipt of vaccination from the Ontario.ca website.

Login to Ontario.ca to download receipt of your vaccination now available. Visit https://covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine/ and enter the portal as if you were booking an appointment.  You will arrive at this page https://covid19.ontariohealth.ca/

Provincial Booking System:

If you are turning 12 and over in 2021 and would like a COVID-19 vaccine can book an appointment by visiting Ontario.ca/bookvaccine or by calling the Provincial Vaccine Booking Line: 1-833-943-3900; Hours of Operation – 8AM-8PM, Monday-Sunday to book an appointment through the provincial system.

For more Provincial updates on the COVID-19 vaccine, please visit the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit’s website.

If you are changing any vaccine appointments, please ensure that you cancel your original appointment using your original method of booking. This will ensure that no appointments are blocked from other eligible patients.

If you have further questions, you can phone the SMDHU at 705-721-7520. Please do not call your doctor or the Georgian Bay Family Health Team. Once you pre-register, are eligible, and there is a vaccine available, you will be emailed a code to book your appointment on the provincial booking system. Please be patient.

Second Dose Information

UPDATE: Simcoe Muskoka has been identified as a Delta hot spot, therefore as of Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 8:00 a.m., individuals who received their first dose of an mRNA vaccine on or before May 30, 2021 who live in Simcoe Muskoka will be eligible to book or rebook their second dose appointment at a shortened interval.

Single dose booking  – you can now book your second shot on the provincial booking system

Single dose booking for clients who do not have a 2nd dose booked (those who cancelled their appointment, never had a dose 2 booked or those who came in off a standby list) can now book on the provincial booking site Ontario.ca/bookvaccine or by calling the Provincial Vaccine Booking Line: 1-833-943-3900.

In addition, eligible groups can also book their second dose through pharmacies and our local South Georgian Bay community vaccination clinics participating in the vaccine rollout. Once you are eligible for your second dose the SGB vaccine clinics, a booking link will be emailed to you and posted on this website.

Moderna and AstraZeneca 2nd Dose Information – Provincial Implementation of NACI Vaccine Interchangeability Statement

On June 21st the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) has confirmed that a mixed vaccine schedule can be completed safely and is effective. NACI also released updated recommendations, including that an mRNA vaccine is now preferred as the second dose for individuals who received a first dose of the AstraZeneca/ COVISHIELD vaccine, based on emerging evidence of a potentially better immune response from this mixed vaccine schedule and to mitigate the potential risk of Vaccine-Induced Immune Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia (VITT) associated with viral vector vaccines.

This means that if you received AstraZeneca as your first vaccine, it has been confirmed that it is safe and effective to receive Pfizer or Moderna OR AstraZeneca as your second dose. If you received Moderna or Pfizer as your first dose, it is safe and effective to receive either for your second dose. To ensure maximum protection against COVID-19 and the Delta variant, Ontarians are encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as they can and to receive their second dose within the recommended interval with whichever vaccine is available to them.

People who received two doses of AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccine can rest assured that the vaccine provides good protection against infection and very good protection against severe disease and hospitalization.

Receiving a second vaccine dose for a two-dose schedule is essential to provide better and longer-term protection against COVID-19 for individuals and for the entire community.

NACI continues to closely monitor the evolving evidence on COVID-19 vaccines and will update recommendations as needed. To see the full statement, please visit Recommendations on the use of COVID-19 vaccines.

To ensure that South Georgian Bay Residents are able to access their second dose as soon as possible, we have opened the following waitlist to receive your second dose of Moderna on either Jun 25th or Jul 2nd. To be eligible to receive this vaccine, your first dose must be at minimum 28 days from the time and date of your second dose. If you are on this waitlist, you may be called to fill any available vaccination appointments at the end of the day. If you do not receive a call, don’t worry, you will have other opportunities to get your vaccine within the appropriate second dose timeframe.

This waitlist will not carry over to subsequent clinics. Keep watching our booking link for open appointments, as soon as more vaccine becomes available to us. We look forward to vaccinating you soon at our Vaccine Drive Through clinics!

 

Which COVID-19 Vaccine is Better? (Spoiler, they’re all good)!

COVID-19 Vaccine Drive-Through Information

If you have booked an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine at one of the two locations in South Georgian Bay (Collingwood or Wasaga Beach) through the Ontario provincial booking system, it is very important that you bring a completed COVID-19 vaccine consent form to your appointment. You will receive a link to this form in your reminder email that comes from no-reply@gbfht or notifications@gbfht.ca – please check your inbox and junk mailbox for this email. If you do not receive this, please CLICK HERE to access that form. If you do not have a printer, you will receive a paper copy at the drive through, but for your own convenience, it is better to do this ahead of time. This will also ensure that your appointment is as quick and seamless as possible.

 

Please also remember if you are attending a vaccine appointment at one of our South Georgian Bay drive-through locations in Collingwood or Wasaga Beach, arrive at the time of your scheduled appointment. If you are more than 10 minutes early, you may be asked to leave and return later, to ease traffic congestion.

Current COVID-19 Vaccine Information

ASTRAZENECA VACCINE:

  • Click here for more information from the Ontario Science Table about COVID-19 vaccines, including AstraZeneca

SIMCOE MUSKOKA HEALTH UNIT:

  • CLICK HERE for more information from the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit on COVID vaccine eligibility requirements.
  • CLICK HERE for more information on how to prepare for your appointment, or cancel your appointment.
  • CLICK HERE for frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 community vaccination clinics.

Youth COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Promoting Youth Vaccination

A new webpage called Kids Health First, developed by the Children’s COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Table is now live with information for youth, parents and providers.

Dr. Bryan Marshall Covid Vaccine-

Accessing COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics:

The COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics are APPOINTMENT ONLY and are located in two locations:

Collingwood Vaccine Clinic directions 

Wasaga Beach Vaccine Clinic directions

A virtual tour of the Wasaga Beach COVID-19 vaccine drive-through

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