South Georgian Bay COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics
Book a COVID-19 Vaccine for Ages 5-11
- participating pharmacies
- select primary care providers
Ages 5-11 COVID-19 Vaccine Information
Book Your COVID-19 Booster
In August, Ontario began offering a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine to immunocompromised individuals, and a booster shot to other high-risk groups including:
- Transplant recipient
- Those with solid tumours or hematological cancers on active treatment
- Those who are severe primary immunodeficiency or advanced untreated HIV
- Recipients of specific immunocompromising medications
- Residents of long-term care homes, retirement homes and First Nation elder care lodges, and seniors living in other congregate settings
- Individuals aged 70 and over (born in 1951 or earlier)
- Health care workers and designated essential caregivers in congregate settings (including long-term care home and retirement home staff and designated caregivers)
- Individuals who received two doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine or one dose of the Janssen vaccine
- First Nation, Inuit and Métis adults, and their non-Indigenous household members who are 16 years of age or older
Book an appointment (minimum 168 days after 2nd dose):
- online covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine/
- by calling 1-833-943-3900
Trying to Get Your Vaccine?
If you need to get your COVID-19 vaccine, visit the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit website for information on where to get it.
Enhanced Vaccine Certificate Download Now Available
Enhanced vaccine certificates with official QR codes are now available for download from the COVID-19 vaccination portal
The portal is open for any individual to download their enhanced vaccine certificate. Individuals can also call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900 to have their enhanced vaccine certificate emailed or mailed to them.
People can save the electronic version of their vaccine certificate with a QR code to their phone or print a paper copy. Businesses must accept both electronic and paper versions. In addition, while the current vaccine receipt without a QR code remains valid and will continue to be accepted, the province is encouraging individuals to download their enhanced vaccine certificate with a QR code as an easier, more secure and convenient way to have their proof of vaccination verified. Ontarians will need to continue to show a piece of identification with their name and date of birth along with their proof of vaccination when visiting select businesses and organizations.
Looking for your vaccine receipt?
You can now download a copy of your vaccination receipt from the Ontario.ca website.
Login to Ontario.ca to download receipt of your vaccination. Visit https://covid19.ontariohealth.ca/
Ontario to Require Proof of Vaccination in Select Settings
As of September 22, 2021, Ontarians will need to be fully vaccinated (two doses plus 14 days) and provide their proof of vaccination along with photo ID to access certain public settings and facilities. This approach focuses on higher-risk indoor public settings where face coverings cannot always be worn and includes:
- Restaurants and bars (excluding outdoor patios, as well as delivery and takeout);
- Nightclubs (including outdoor areas of the establishment);
- Meeting and event spaces, such as banquet halls and conference/convention centres;
- Facilities used for sports and fitness activities and personal fitness training, such as gyms, fitness and recreational facilities with the exception of youth recreational sport;
- Sporting events;
- Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments;
- Concerts, music festivals, theatres and cinemas;
- Strip clubs, bathhouses and sex clubs;
- Racing venues (e.g., horse racing)
Individuals can provide proof of immunization by downloading or printing their vaccine receipt from the provincial booking portal, or by calling the Provincial Vaccine Booking Line at 1-833-943-3900.
Provincial Booking System:
Everyone 12+ is Now Eligible for Two Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine
Everyone in Ontario 12 years of age and older is now eligible to receive two doses of COVID-19 vaccine at the following provincially approved intervals:
- Those who received mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) → 28 days
- Those who received AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine → 8 weeks
We strongly encourage those who have not yet been vaccinated or who are now eligible to receive their second dose to do so as soon as possible to protect themselves and our community from a potential fourth wave of COVID-19 caused by the Delta variant. People with second dose appointments in August and beyond are encouraged to move their appointments up into July online or by calling the provincial booking line at 1-833-943-3900.
You can book your COVID-19 vaccine 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
To book your vaccine appointment, please visit the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit website for more information
Mixing COVID-19 Vaccines
Following the advice of public health professionals by getting vaccinated and receiving mixed doses is safe.
About mixing COVID vaccines:
• The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are both mRNA vaccines and can be used interchangeably
• Canada’s vaccination approach is evidence-based which means it is informed by data and evidence from other countries
• Vaccine interchangeability is not a new concept for public health
• The World Health Organization did not recommend against mixing doses –rather, they recommended against individuals making decisions about additional doses of vaccines without following public health advice
There is a lot of information about COVID vaccines available in the media and on the internet. It is important to make sure you are getting your information from trusted sources and by reading the entire article. It is extremely important to know the context of numbers, data, and recommendations before making decisions about your health.
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 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.
Which COVID-19 Vaccine is Better? (Spoiler, they’re all good)!
Current COVID-19 Vaccine Information
- Multilingual COVID-19 Resources (provided by the City of Toronto)
- Message regarding the AstraZeneca vaccine- May 12, 2021
- Possible side effects after getting a COVID-19 vaccine
- Centre for Effective Practice COVID-19 Vaccine Tool
- Click here for more information from the Ontario Science Table about COVID-19 vaccines
SIMCOE MUSKOKA HEALTH UNIT:
- CLICK HERE for more information from the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit on COVID vaccine eligibility requirements.
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.