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Anyone over 18 can book COVID vaccine appointment as of tomorrow

Here's how you can book an appointment in the Simcoe-Muskoka region
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This morning the province announced it was opening up vaccine appointments earlier and to a wider group thanks to a boosted shipment of vaccines. 

Starting Tuesday, May 18, anyone aged 18 and over in 2021 living in Ontario is eligible to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment through the province's online booking system and call centre. 

This week's roll-out was supposed to include those 30 years or older, but today's announcement increases the eligibility across Ontario. 

Online or phone booking 

Anyone eligible can book an appointment for a vaccine using the Ontario website here, or by phone at 1-833-943-3900 (available between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. every day. You will need an email address to book online, but it is not required to book by phone. 

To book an appointment by phone or online using the provincial system, you will need a health card. 

If you do not have a health card, call the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit vaccine booking support line at 705-721-7520, ext. 5997. 

Daily standby list

There is now a standby list created daily to include only people who are already eligible for a vaccine, who have no received a single dose of vaccine yet, and who can get to an appointment within 30 to 45 minutes of receiving a call. 

To make the list for that day, you have to fill out a form each day starting at 8 a.m. (same day). You can (and are encouraged to) still book an appointment for a vaccination through the Ontario rollout or through the pharmacy program. If you are called for the standby list, you can cancel your existing appointment. 

Fill out the standby list form daily here.

Pharmacy program

You can get vaccinated if you are 18 or older at select pharmacies in hot spots and aged 40 and over in non-hot spot areas.

You'll find a list of pharmacies offering vaccinations online here.

Hotspots

The only provincially identified 'hotspot region' in Simcoe-Muskoka region is the L3Z postal code in Bradford West Gwillimbury. Anyone living in that postal code area who is 18 years old or older this year can book an appointment online here, or by calling 1-833-943-3900.

There are also pop-up clinics available to anyone aged 18 or older living anywhere in Bradford West Gwillimbury, but appointments for those pop-up clinics can only be booked through the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury website.

Second doses

Currently, the province is providing second dose vaccines to people 16 weeks following their first dose. There are some exceptions for health conditions (transplant recipients, dialysis patients and some cancer patients). If you belong to the eligible patient group, you can book your second dose appointment here.

Urban Indigenous adults and their household members can book an appointment for their second dose online here.

Highest priority health care workers and long-term care and retirement home staff and essential caregivers are now eligible to receive a second dose. For information on eligibility, click here.

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has reported staff are reaching out to those who had their second-dose appointments cancelled and are now eligible for a second dose. That includes people who had one dose at a Simcoe-Muskoka community clinic between Jan. 9 and Feb. 8.

If you received a COVID-19 vaccine first dose through a pharmacy or health care provider, they will contact you for a second-dose appointment. These appointments have to be booked through the pharmacy or health care provider, and cannot be booked on the Ontario government website. 



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