More than 500 eligible local residents turned out for a booster shot

Sperling Drive clinic was a busy place Sunday

Booster shot appointments just became available on Saturday, and hundreds of locals turned out for one.

Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre operates the only fixed location immunization clinic in the region at the moment and says over 500 eligible patients show up on Sunday for a booster shot. The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit plans to reopen some vaccination clinics as of November 15 to administer booster shots to eligible groups, with plans to begin vaccinating children aged 5 – 11 soon.

Those eligible for a dose 3 booster shot are as follows:

  • Individuals aged 70 and over (born in 1951 or earlier);
  • Health care workers and designated essential caregivers in congregate settings (including long-term care home and retirement home staff and designated caregivers);
  • Individuals who received a complete series of a viral vector vaccine (two doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine or one dose of the Janssen vaccine); and
  • First Nation, Inuit and M├ętis adults and their non-Indigenous household members.

The clinic is open Sunday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and has the capability to handle over 1,000 people per day. It continues to take walk-ins for those seeking a first or second dose only. Those wishing to receive a booster dose will have to book online or through the province’s COVID-19 vaccine booking hotline at 1-833-943-3900.

Eligible individuals can only get a booster shot 168 days after their second. That means if someone who fits into one of the categories above got their second shot on or before May 24, then they’d be eligible to book a booster shot as of today.