COVID-19 vaccines for First Nations, Inuit and Métis people

Find out how First Nations, Inuit and Métis people can get vaccinated against COVID-19.

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Overview

Ontario continues to work with Indigenous partners on its immunization plan so that First Nations, Inuit and Métis people have access to COVID-19 vaccines in a way that recognizes local circumstances and individual community needs.

Who can get vaccinated

Children (ages five to 11)

All children aged five to 11 are eligible to receive a first and second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Dose interval

It is recommended by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) that you wait eight weeks after your first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine before getting your second dose, as evidence suggests that a longer interval between doses results in a stronger immune response and higher vaccine effectiveness. This interval may also be associated with a lower risk of myocarditis and/or pericarditis.

Youth (ages 12 to 17)

All youth aged 12 to 17 are eligible to receive a first, second, and third dose (booster) of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Dose interval

It is recommended by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) that you wait eight weeks after your first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine before getting your second dose, as evidence suggests that a longer interval between doses results in a stronger immune response and higher vaccine effectiveness. This interval may also be associated with a lower risk of myocarditis and/or pericarditis.

You can schedule your booster dose (Pfizer recommended) six months (168 days) after receiving your second dose. You must be at least 12 years old at the time of your appointment.

Adults (18+)

All adults aged 18 and over are eligible to receive a first, second, and third dose (booster) of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Adults who identify as First Nations, Inuit or Métis and their non-Indigenous household members aged 18 and over are also eligible to receive a fourth dose (second booster) of the vaccine.

Dose intervals

If you are 18 and over, you can schedule your first booster dose appointment three months (84 days) after your second dose.

You can receive your second booster dose at a recommended five months (140 days) after your first booster dose or at a minimum of three months (84 days) after your first booster dose.

For immunocompromised people

Three-dose primary series and boosters for individuals who are immunocompromised

Some individuals who are immunocompromised aged five and over can get a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine eight weeks after their second dose as part of an extended three-dose primary series. 

Eligible immunocompromised individuals aged 12 and over can receive their first booster dose after completion of their three-dose primary series. The recommended interval is six months (168 days) for youth aged 12 to 17 years of age or three months (84 days) for individuals aged 18 or over.

In addition, eligible immunocompromised individuals who received a three-dose primary series and who identify as First Nations, Inuit or Métis and their non-Indigenous household members aged 18 and over can receive their second booster dose at a recommended interval of five months (140 days) or at a minimum interval of three months (84 days) after the first booster dose.

Where to get vaccinated

If you identify as First Nations, Inuit or Métis, there are many ways you can get a COVID-19 vaccine:

You may also book a COVID-19 vaccine:

  • at participating pharmacies
  • through the COVID-19 vaccination portal
  • by calling the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900 (TTY for people who are deaf, hearing-impaired or speech-impaired: 1-866-797-0007)
  • GO-VAXX bus
  • directly through public health units that use their own booking system
  • through Indigenous-led vaccination clinics
  • at select primary care settings
  • at hospital clinics (visit your local hospital or public health unit for booking details, if available in your region)
  • through mobile or pop-up clinics, (visit your local public health unit website for details, if available in your region)
  • at your retirement home, long-term care home, elder care lodge, or congregate living setting (public health units will work with the homes to give you your shot within your home or at a mobile clinic)

Find an Indigenous-supported clinic

Find information about vaccination or book an appointment to get vaccinated.

Service area

Organization

Booking options

Additional information

Provincewide

Indigenous Primary Health Care Council

Online: find your nearest Aboriginal Health Access Centre

N/A

Northern Ontario

Nishnawbe Aski Nation

Online: find a list of urban community members vaccination clinics and booking information

N/A

Ottawa and surrounding regions

Akausivik Inuit Family Health Team

Online: find booking and eligibility information

Phone: 613-740-0999

Who can be vaccinated:

  • all Inuit adults, including family and caregivers
  • staff from Indigenous community agencies

Clinic location:

  • 24 Selkirk Street, Suite 300, Ottawa

Clinic hours:

  • Monday to Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Ottawa

Ottawa Public Health and Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health

Phone: 613-691-5505

(Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and weekends 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Who can be vaccinated:

  • First Nation, Inuit and Métis community members (16 and older) and their spouses and family household members

Clinic location:

  • St. Laurent Complex, 525 Coté Street, Ottawa

Walk-in appointments are not available.

Thunder Bay

Ontario Native Women’s Association, Mindimooyenh Vaccination Clinic

Online: complete the online registration form

Phone: 807-697-1753

(Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

Who can be vaccinated:

  • all Indigenous adults over 16 or 18 years old (depending on vaccine type) and their families sharing the same household
  • prioritization to those 55 and over
  • must live in Thunder Bay

Proof of Indigenous ancestry is required.

Up to 6 members of the same household can register on the same form.

Clinic location:

  • Valhalla Inn, Ballroom, 1 Valhalla Inn Road, Thunder Bay

Toronto and surrounding areas

Auduzhe, Anishnawbe Health Toronto and partnered clinics

Online: find a list of clinics and booking information

Phone: 437-703-8703

Website includes:

  • Indigenous-led community vaccine clinics
  • hospital-based, Indigenous-focused vaccine clinics
  • general vaccine clinics

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