COVID-19 Vaccine Information
Community immunization clinics are now open in Simcoe Muskoka for eligible groups identified by the provincial government. Immunization clinics are located in Barrie/Innisfil (including RVH's clinic at 29 Sperling Drive), South Simcoe, North Simcoe, the Couchiching area, South Georgian Bay and Muskoka and will operate on rotating days.
Check your immunization eligibility often.
How to get your COVID-19 Vaccine
If you are...
An Individual With A Highest-Risk or High-Risk Health Condition
Click here for the province's definition of the highest-risk health conditions.
Highest-risk and high-risk outpatients, who live in the Barrie area who can pre-register:
• Organ transplant recipient.
• Hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipient.
• People with neurological diseases that may compromise respiratory function.
• Haematological malignancy diagnosed in the last year (2020).
• Kidney disease eGFR <30.
• Treatments causing immunosuppression (e.g. chemotherapy).
• People with a Body Mass Index over 40
• People with Intellectual or developmental disabilities
Note: Eligible patients affiliated with RVH's Renal and Cancer programs have been contacted to book a vaccine appointment.
*The registry is not an appointment booking system.
60+ (Born in 1961 or before)
• A trusted family member or friend can also book your appointment.
• When booking an appointment, you will need your green Ontario health card, birth date, postal code and email address and/or phone number.
• If you still have a red and white health card, or require assistance with booking, call the Provincial Vaccine Information Line number at 1-888-999-6488. The information line is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and is capable of providing assistance in 300 languages.
55+ (Born in 1966 or before)
You are eligible to book a vaccine (Astra Zeneca) at a participating pharmacy.
• Healthcare workers, as determined by the Ministry of Health’s Guidance.
• Indigenous adults and household members.
• Adult recipients of chronic home care.
• Essential caregivers and any residents in long-term care, retirement and First Nations elder care homes, and other seniors congregate settings.
• Faith leaders at risk of exposure.
Once registered, you will be sent an email invitation with a booking code for the provincial booking system. A valid health card and email address are required for pre-registration.
How to get your Dose 2 Appointment
If you were immunized prior to March 10
Anyone who received their first COVID-19 immunization prior to March 10 are reminded that their second dose appointment has been cancelled and will be rebooked later.
Second doses are now being given 16 weeks after the first dose as recommended by the National Advisory Committee for Immunization. This allows Ontario to maximize the number of people who can benefit from the strong protection provided by the first dose.
Please do not go to the clinic on your previously scheduled appointment date. You will not receive the vaccine. In mid-April, check the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit website for more information on how to book your second dose.
If you were immunized after March 10
Anyone who received their first COVID-19 immunization after March 10 would have received a booking date for their second dose at that time. Please only go to the clinic on your scheduled second dose appointment date and time.
RVH’s COVID-19 Immunization Clinic
RVH opened the region’s first Immunization Clinic in late December 2020. Since then, the clinic at 29 Sperling Drive in Barrie has been extremely busy with the ability to vaccinate more than 1,200 people each day. It is now one of 13 vaccine sites in the region and the only hospital-led clinic.
The clinic’s success is due to tremendous partnerships with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, the City of Barrie and County of Simcoe paramedics. More than 100 hospital and community physicians have volunteered to administer vaccines at the site and a dozen nurses have come out of retirement to be part of this historic immunization effort, offering hope and optimism during this very difficult time.
If you’re coming to the clinic, remember:
- • Bring your Ontario health card to your appointment as well as proof of eligibility i.e. work ID badge, professional license, etc.
- • Arrive no more than 10 minutes early to avoid lineups
- • The clinic runs by appointment only. Drop-ins are not accepted
- • After you receive the vaccine, you will spend 15 minutes in “After Care” before you leave the clinic
Be sure to snap a photo at the clinic’s ‘selfie station’ and share what getting the vaccine means to you using #ShotofHope and tag @TEAM RVH.
RVH's Immunization Clinic at 29 Sperling Drive