Health Unit offering COVID vaccines at beaches, farmer’s markets

Nearly 70 per cent of Simcoe-Muskoka residents have received the first dose of COVID vaccine

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) has stepped up its effort to get more people vaccinated against COVID-19.

It’s offering first or second doses at a number of walk-in clinics across the region, as well as at pop-up clinics.

Health unit staff may also show up at beaches, parks, farmer’s markets, sports complexes, and outdoor retail areas. They’ll be dressed in blue COVID-19 Vaccine t-shirts and have their SMDHU employee badge for identification.

COVID-19 vaccinations are available to Simcoe Muskoka residents age 12 years and up and needing their first or second dose. Second doses must be 28 days after a first dose mRNA vaccine or eight weeks after a first dose of AstraZeneca with informed consent. No appointment is necessary, while supplies last.

SMDHU reported 28 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday. There were 9 recoveries and no new deaths. Nearly 70 per cent of Simcoe-Muskoka residents have received the first dose of COVID vaccine, 60.4% the second.

Public Health Ontario reported 325 new cases on Monday.

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