COVID-19 VACCINE INFORMATION

Ensuring quick and safe immunization of Ontarians as vaccines become available

Register now to be NOTIFIED once you're eligible

to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

From May 6th, vaccination appointments will be available for individuals turning 50 and older in 2021 and for the following groups:

 

  • Individuals with high-risk health conditions, including:

    • Obesity (BMI > 40)

    • Other treatments causing immunosuppression (e.g., chemotherapy, immunity weakening medications)

    • Intellectual or developmental disabilities (e.g., Down Syndrome)

  • People who cannot work from home who fall under Group One, including:

    • Remaining elementary and secondary school workers (including educators, custodial, school bus drivers, administrative staff)

    • Workers responding to critical events (including police, fire, special constables, children’s aid society workers, emergency management, critical infrastructure restoration workers)

    • Enforcement, inspection and compliance roles (including by-law enforcement, building inspectors, food inspectors, animal welfare inspectors, border inspection officers, labour inspectors, WSIB field workers)

    • Remaining individuals working in licensed childcare settings (including all licensees, employees and students on educational placements who interact directly with children in licensed childcare centres and in authorized recreation and skill building programs, licensed home child care and in-home service providers, employees of home child care agencies)

    • Foster care agenda workers (including customary care providers)

    • Food manufacturing and distribution workers

    • Agriculture and farm workers

    • Funeral, crematorium and cemetery workers

  • First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals in addition to the other channels previously available to book their appointment

 

In addition, priority populations who were previously only able to book via the provincial call centre will now also be able to book online, including individuals with the highest risk health conditions, child care workers in licenced child care settings and education workers who provide direct support to students with special education needs.

 

Individuals can visit How to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment (ontario.ca)  where they will be guided to the provincial booking system. 

When booking an appointment, individuals will be asked for information from their green Ontario health card, birth date, postal code and email address and/or phone number. At the time of booking, eligible individuals will schedule their first and second vaccination appointments.

For individuals turning 80 or older in 2021 who still have a red and white health card, do not have internet access or require assistance with booking, please call the Provincial Vaccine Information Line at 1-888-999-6488, open Monday to Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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COVID-19 VACCINATION IMPLEMENTATION

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Many have expressed interest in knowing how the vaccination distribution and administration process works. To help you better understand the process, below is a simple infographic that lists the roles and responsibilities of the Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, and the local vaccine administration site. 

CANADA

  • Authorize vaccines for use in Canada

  • Procure vaccines and related supplies

  • Work with vaccine manufacturers to ensure safe and timely delivery to provinces and territories

  • Provide scientific guidance on vaccine use

  • Ongoing monitoring of vaccine safety

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ONTARIO

  • Distribute vaccines and supplies received from the Government of Canada

  • Prioritize rollout across Ontario

  • Tracking volumes of vaccines administered

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  • Receive and store vaccine

  • Administer vaccines

  • Manage booking of vaccinations of priority populations

VACCINE CENTRE

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  • Distribute and administer vaccines

  • Plan for vaccination administration rollout within the region based on the province's plan, and contingent on federal supply

  • safety store vaccine received from the Province of Ontario

SMDHU

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ONTARIO'S COVID-19 VACCINE DISTRIBUTION PLAN

SIMCOE MUSKOKA DISTRICT HEALTH UNIT'S

LOCAL COVID-19 VACCINE DISTRIBUTION PLAN

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