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Simcoe Muskoka Health Unit starts same-day standby list to avoid wasting doses

People have to be able to get to an appointment within 45 minutes of receiving a call
2018-07-27 Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit RB

A standby list is now available for same-day COVID-19 vaccination appointments in Simcoe Muskoka for those who are eligible, and can get to an appointment within 45 minutes of receiving a call.

"The standby list has been launched as a new way to use up any remaining vaccine doses at the end of each clinic day and is created new each day," says a Health Unit news release.

"Individuals can add their name to the standby list at on those days that they are available and must meet current eligibility criteria to qualify. People are still encouraged to book an appointment outside of the standby list, and if they are called from the standby list staff will help them cancel their previously booked appointment."

In addition, beginning Thursday May 6, the following groups will be eligible to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment through the provincial online booking site, or by calling the Provincial Vaccine Booking Line: 

  • Individuals turning 50 and over in 2021;
  • Individuals with high-risk health conditions;
  • People who cannot work from home who fall under Group One (including remaining elementary and secondary school workers); and
  • First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals, in addition to separate channels for booking at local Indigenous-specific clinics.

For more information about COVID-19, how to add your name to the standby list, and who is eligible for an appointment, click here.

Thirty-two per cent of the over 18 population there have received at least one dose. There are currently 1,585 active cases in that district, which borders the North Bay Parry Sound district to the south, and includes Huntsville.