Simcoe-Muskoka expecting over 29,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses during the week of March 22

Over 57,000 local residents have gotten at least one dose thus far

By the end of next week, the Simcoe-Muskoka region is expected to have received over four times as many COVID-19 vaccine doses as it did this week.

According to a technical briefing held by the Ministry of Health on Thursday afternoon, Simcoe-Muskoka received 7,020 doses of the Pfizer vaccine through the week of March 15. It is tentatively expected that, for the week of March 22, the region will receive 17,550 Pfizer doses and 11,500 Moderna doses, with over 29,000 doses combined. This represents a higher allocation than some areas, with health officials pointing to higher transmission rates and hospitalizations in Simcoe-Muskoka.

To date, Simcoe-Muskoka has received nearly 62,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine, but fewer than 4,700 of both the Moderna and AstraZeneca vaccines.

Over 57,000 people in Simcoe-Muskoka have received at least one dose of a vaccine, while some 16,000 local residents are fully vaccinated. About 98 percent of long-term care home residents have received at least their first dose, as have 79 percent of employees.

As of March 17, at 6 p.m., over 30,000 vaccine appointments were booked in Simcoe-Muskoka; more than 220,000 appointments have been booked across Ontario through the newly-introduced online booking system. Appointments are only available for those aged 80 or older (born in 1941 or earlier).