Community COVID-19 vaccine clinics to begin opening in Simcoe Muskoka next week: region’s top doc

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Beginning on March 1, community COVID-19 vaccination clinics will start to open in Simcoe County and Muskoka, with at least one location slated to open in each of the area’s sub-regions, the local top doctor confirmed Tuesday.

Next week, local public health will also move toward inoculating other priority groups, including those who are age 85 and above, Dr. Charles Gardner, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit’s medical officer of health, told reporters.

Read more: Ontario family physicians seeking more details from government on COVID-19 vaccine rollout

“We’re also going to be commencing vaccination for the Indigenous adult population in our communities — those 55 years of age and older,” he said, adding this will be in addition to adult chronic homecare recipients and high priority health-care workers.

“It will take us time to be able to move through all of those people. We wouldn’t be able to book them all at once, and we would be taking a waitlist for people who fall into that category.”

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Gardner said the health unit will also screen for those who don’t belong to priority COVID-19 vaccination categories. People will be asked to test that they fall under priority categories and will be expected to provide professional documentation…

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