Select groups can pre-register for COVID-19 vaccine through local health unit website

Those 80 or older should book through province's system to be released next week

As part of the province’s Phase 1 vaccine rollout, pre-registration is now being accepted for select eligible groups through the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU).

Eligible groups who can pre-register include highest, very high, and high priority frontline healthcare workers as dictated by the Ministry of Health’s healthcare prioritization plan. Essential caregivers of long-term care residents are also eligible for pre-registration, as are all Indigenous adults and their household members, along with adult recipients of chronic home care.

Pre-registration places you in line to book your appointment when vaccine supply becomes available. It is similar to a waitlist, and you should expect to receive an email from the province when an appointment opens up. Anyone currently on the SMDHU’s waitlist does not need to pre-register, they will be contacted by the health unit directly when an appointment is available.

While adults aged 80 or over (anyone born in 1941 or prior) are eligible at this time, the SMDHU is not taking pre-registration from this group; they will have to book immunization appointments directly through the province’s online booking system or by telephone, through systems to be released next week.

“More than 52,000 doses of vaccine have already been administered in Simcoe Muskoka, offering protection to those most vulnerable, including the residents of all of our long-term care facilities and retirement homes, as well as many health care workers, older adults, and Indigenous older adults,” said Dr. Charles Gardner, SMDHU’s medical officer of health. “We are now transitioning into the final chapter of Phase 1, another important step in bringing the pandemic under control.”

To pre-register, or for more information about the vaccine and its rollout, visit the SMDHU website.