As of July 26, the total percentage of the population of Simcoe Muskoka vaccinated with their first dose was 68.3% and those with their second dose were 53.5%. At the same time, the weekly number of new COVID-19 cases in our region remains low at 23 cases during the week of July 18.
Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr Charles Gardner said: “Although a large portion of our eligible population has received at least their first dose of vaccine, I encourage anyone who has not yet been fully vaccinated to receive a first and a second dose as soon as possible. “
The health unit is now actively planning to close its mass vaccination clinics by the end of August. Anyone with appointments booked after August 27 will be notified and encouraged to advance their appointments or go to a walk-in clinic.
Health unit says COVID-19 vaccines will still be widely available to eligible people through other means, such as community pharmacies, health care providers, and other pop-up clinic opportunities that will continue after August.