SGB COVID Vaccinations, Aug 4, 2021

South Georgian Bay COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics

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.

 

Get your vaccine NOW! Weekly Vaccine Walk-In Clinics Happening Across Simcoe Muskoka

Community clinics are accepting first and second dose walk-ins. This list will be posted every Monday and updated as more clinics are added.

COVID-19 VACCINE WALK-IN SCHEDULE

 

We want to hear from you!

If you have received a COVID-19 vaccine in Collingwood or Wasaga Beach, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit wants to know about your experience! Click the button below to complete a short survey to let us know how we did.

Click here to complete the survey now!

 

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://covid19.ontariohealth.ca/

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

Individuals who meet the following eligibility criteria can book their second dose appointment at our local clinic once vaccine is available:

  1. Resident in South Georgian Bay
  2. Received your first dose of an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) at least 28 days from time of appointment OR received your first dose of an AstraZeneca at least 8 weeks from time of appointment

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.
• Combining AstraZeneca with an mRNA vaccine is both safe and effective for preventing COVID-19.
• 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.

Single dose booking  – you can now also 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.

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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