Physicians in Simcoe Muskoka to begin booking COVID-19 vaccination appointments as Province ramps up delivery channels

Beginning Saturday, primary care physicians in Hamilton, Toronto, Guelph, Peterborough, Peel and Simcoe Muskoka will be able to administer the vaccine to eligible residents, 60-64

Physicians in the Simcoe Muskoka district will be able to administer COVID-19 vaccines starting this Saturday to people 60-64 as the Province moves to expand delivery channels, Premier Doug Ford announced today.
Beginning today (March 10) more than 325 pharmacies in Toronto, Windsor-Essex, and Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington will begin to book appointments to receive the AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccine. The program will be expanded to pharmacies in other regions as vaccine supplies increase.
Details were provided by Ford, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, Solicitor General Sylvia Jones, and General Rick Hillier (retired), Chair of the COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force.
“We are about to achieve a major milestone in our battle against COVID-19, by the end of the day we expect to reach the one million mark for doses administered and continue to lead the country in vaccinations completed,” said Ford.
“But we are just ramping up and mobilizing even more members of Team Ontario in our pharmacies and primary care settings. We have a plan to get vaccines into arms as quickly as possible in order to keep people safe and we will do that as long as we have a steady supply from the federal government.”
The arrival of 194,500 doses of the AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccine has opened the door for pharmacies in the three initial regions to begin booking appointments.
Beginning Saturday, primary care physicians in Hamilton, Toronto, Guelph, Peterborough, Peel and Simcoe Muskoka will be able to administer the vaccine to eligible residents; they will begin contacting people today (March 10) to book an appointment. They will only be offering the AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccine at this time.
The Province is preparing to move into Phase Two of its COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan next month, with a focus on vaccinating populations based on age and risk. Vaccinations continue to be offered to eligible populations at hospitals, mobile clinics and mass immunization clinics. Mass immunization clinics are a significant delivery channel to administer Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. More than 120 mass immunization clinics are planned to open this month across Ontario in addition to sites already open, increasing the province’s vaccine administration capacity to over 150,000 doses per day, dependent on supply.
In Simcoe Muskoka, sites are located in Barrie/Innisfil, South Simcoe, North Simcoe, the Couchiching area, South Georgian Bay and Muskoka. In Barrie, the locations are: 29 Sperling Drive, the Holly Recreation Centre.
Phase One of Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout is nearing completion, with nearly one million doses administered and over 279,000 Ontarians fully immunized. Approximately 88 per cent of long-term care residents are fully immunized and public health units continue to prioritize vaccinating staff and essential caregivers.
The province will launch an online booking system and a provincial customer service desk on March 15. These supports will help to answer questions and book appointments at mass immunization clinics, starting with those over the age of 80.
According to the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit’s latest report, more than 51,600 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Simcoe Muskoka, mostly to healthcare workers in local hospitals, long-term care and retirement homes.