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Vaccine Update

  • There are no public COVID-19 Vaccine Centres open across the province at this time.
  • It's not anticipated that public vaccinations will begin until at least spring and will take approximately 6-9 months to implement.
  • At this time a COVID-19 Immunization Centre has opened in Barrie.
  • The Immunization Centre will share the same building but is a separate space within the Barrie Assessment Centre.
  • Public health nurses will administer the vaccine to a limited number of prioritized people by invitation and appointment only.

    At this time, 
    priority areas for vaccine distribution include: long-term care home residents, staff and essential caregivers, retirement homes and elders in remote Indigenous communities. Individuals in these settings will receive a second vaccination at the 21 day marker. At this time, front line healthcare workers will be waiting up to the 42 day marker, due to shipping delays of the vaccine.
  • There is no charge for the vaccine and it will not be mandatory in Ontario. However, a record of immunization of COVID-19 vaccine may be required for travel, employment or other purposes.
  • For the most up-to-date vaccination information, please visit the health unit's new Vaccine and Immunization web pages, or go to

This is the most significant and complex immunization effort in modern medicine, and although it will take several months before all Ontarians can be immunized, there is now light at the end of the tunnel. 

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