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SMDHU opens walk-in clinics for COVID vaccinations

July 23, 2021   ·   0 Comments

As the community settles into Stage 3 of Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit says vaccinations have been key to getting to this point but, at the same time, encourages continued vigilance to protect yourselves against COVID-19.

“Under Step 3, more indoor services may reopen with restrictions in place, and size limits for social gatherings and organized public events have increased to up to 100 people outdoors and up to 25 people indoors,” said the Health Unit (SMDHU) in a statement. “Indoor dining may resume with added requirements such as active screening of all dine-in patrons along with capacity limited to a number that can physically distance. Retailers may open with a sign posted indicating their capacity limit to ensure physical distancing. Face masks should be worn if physical distancing indoors or outdoors cannot be maintained with people outside your household. Other indoor services and activities may resume with certain capacity limits, physical distancing and mask requirements including faith-based services, sport and fitness facilities, museums, theatres, cinemas and other entertainment venues.”

On Tuesday, the SMDHU opened up walk-in vaccination clinics running through July 25. A full list of locations can be located at simcoemuskokahealth.org.

“Walk-in vaccinations are available toSimcoe Muskoka residents age 12 years and up and needing their first or second dose,” said the SMDHU. “Second doses must be 28 days after a first dose mRNA vaccine or eight weeks after a first dose of AstraZeneca with informed consent. No appointment is necessary, while supplies last.

“Individuals are encouraged to dress for the weather as they may be required to wait outdoors before entering the clinic. They are also reminded to bring a health card, a list of any medications they are taking, wear a loose-fitting shirt that allows easy access to the upper arm and bring any assistive devices as needed (e.g., scooter, wheelchair, cane).”

As of Monday, July 19, the community has seen a total of 1,486 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 1,419 cases are marked as recovered. There have been 18 fatalities attributed to the virus.

By Brock Weir



         


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