SMDHU reports overwhelming demand for booster doses; walk-ins for 50+ as able

Health unit says it needs to prioritize clinic capacity

The next phase of the provincial plan to stop the spread of COVID has begun.

Anyone 18 years of age and older can book a booster shot, if their second shot was at least three months ago.

Appointments can be booked at COVID-19 Vaccination Portal or by calling the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900.

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) says due to the overwhelming demand for booster doses, it needs to prioritize clinic capacity. So, 18-49 year-olds will not be able to attend a walk-in clinic. For those who are eligible, the health unit says appointments are strongly encouraged. However, SMDHU clinics will accept walk-ins if there is the ability to accommodate those in need:

  • A first or second dose
  • Booster doses for ONLY those who are at least 84 days from their second dose & IN THE FOLLOWING PRIORITY groups:
  • 50+
  • Health care workers
  • Indigenous people and their 16+ household members
  • Those who received 2 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine or 1 dose of Janssen vaccine.

The health unit says 29 Sperling Drive is only open for 1st and 2nd dose walk-ins.

Some, but not all drug stores are doing walk-ins, but don’t just show up expecting that to be the case.

The government website also offers a list of locations and how to go about setting up an appointment