Local health unit pushing for more to get the shot as we inch closer to our targets

We can only move past Step Three once every health unit hits certain milestones

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit is making a big push for folks to roll up their sleeves as the region inches closer to its vaccination targets.

In order for the province to move beyond Step Three of the Roadmap to Reopen, 80 per cent of Ontarians aged 12 and up must have gotten their first dose, while at least 75 per cent have gotten the second. As of August 4, 79 per cent of eligible individuals in Simcoe-Muskoka have gotten the first shot, while 66 per cent are fully vaxxed.

Vaccines are available at participating pharmacies, some primary care offices and at mass immunization clinics for both those with booked appointments and those who prefer to walk in. Health unit staff may also be providing vaccines in the community at beaches, parks, farmer’s markets, sports complexes and outdoor retail areas, making it easier than ever to get vaccinated. Whether at a clinic or out in the community, SMDHU staff providing vaccinations will be wearing blue COVID-19 Vaccine t-shirts and their SMDHU employee badge for identification.

On Thursday, the SMDHU reported 10 new cases of COVID-19 since its last report, and one more recovery. There were 38 active cases of COVID in the community according to the day’s report.

Public Health Ontario reported 213 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, along with 183 more recoveries and 14 additional deaths. There were 58,213 vaccines administered across the province yesterday, and 23,494 tests were processed.