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Standby list for same-day COVID-19 vaccines started by SMDHU to use up any remaining shots

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A standby list is now available for same-day COVID-19 vaccination appointments in Simcoe Muskoka.

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The list is for those who are eligible and can get to an appointment within 45 minutes of receiving a call.

The region’s health unit launched the standby list as a new way to use up any remaining vaccine doses at the end of each clinic day and is created new each day.

Individuals can add their name to the standby list by going to on those days that they are available and must meet current eligibility criteria to qualify. 

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Screengrab of SMDHU’s new COVID-19 Vaccine standby list – May 4th



SMDHU still encourages residents 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, starting Thursday, 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, please visit


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