Getting the COVID-19 vaccine

Learn when and where you can book an appointment for a covid 19 vaccine.

This page will be updated regularly. Last updated: December 2, 2021

Proof of vaccination

As of September 22, 2021, you must provide proof of vaccination to access certain businesses and settings.

If you still need your first or second dose of the vaccine, book now.

Who can get vaccinated

Anyone born in 2016 or earlier can book an appointment for their first or second dose of the covid 19 vaccine.

You can book a covid 19 vaccination appointment for:

  • yourself
  • a family member, friend or someone whose medical care and appointments you manage

First dose

Vaccines available to children (ages 5 to 11)

  • Paediatric Pfizer covid 19 vaccine

Vaccines available to youth (ages 12 to 17)

  • Pfizer
  • Moderna, with informed consent

Vaccines available to adults

Speak with your health care provider if you have received a hematopoietic stem cell transplant, hematopoietic cell transplant (autologous or allogeneic) or have had CAR-T cell therapy following COVID-19 vaccination, as you may be recommended to be re-vaccinated due to loss of immunity following therapy or transplant.

Second dose

Vaccines can be safely mixed for a first and second dose.

Your appointment for your second dose should be:

  • 8 weeks after your first dose of AstraZeneca
  • at least 8 weeks after your first dose of Moderna or Pfizer

Both vaccine options for your second dose:

  • are safe
  • provide strong protection against covid 19 and variants
  • will count as a completed series (you will be fully vaccinated)

It is strongly recommended that you wait 8 weeks after your first dose of the covid 19 vaccine before getting your second dose. Children aged five to 11 who receive the pediatric Pfizer vaccine are also recommended to wait 8 weeks between the first and second doses. This interval will provide an increased and longer-lasting protection from the vaccine and may be associated with a lower risk of myocarditis and/or pericarditis.  

Where to get it and how to book an appointment

You may receive your COVID-19 vaccine doses either at the same place or at a different site or provider.

Check with your public health unit for more information about the clinics available within your region.

Mass immunization clinic

You can book or rebook your appointment:

Pop-up or mobile clinic

Visit your local public health unit website for booking details, if available in your region.

Hospital clinic

Visit your local hospital or public health unit website for booking details, if available in your region.

Pharmacy or primary care provider

Find a participating pharmacy or contact your primary care provider to book an appointment.

If you book a vaccine through another channel, be sure to cancel your original appointment so that you do not take up a slot for someone else. Primary care settings and pharmacies may also be reaching out to eligible Ontarians to schedule vaccine appointments

Booster doses

While the covid 19 vaccine is highly effective, we are expanding eligibility for a booster dose to all Ontarians over time.

Booster doses are first being offered to certain vulnerable populations:

  • whose immunity may have lessened six months after receiving their second dose
  • who are potentially at higher risk for transmission due to where they live or work
  • who may be at higher risk of severe outcomes from covid 19

Based on Ontario’s covid 19 vaccination rollout for first and second doses, expansion of eligibility for booster doses will be based on age and risk.

People who are eligible must wait six months (168 days) after receiving their second dose before they can get their booster dose.

If you are immunocompromised, you might be able to get a third dose eight weeks after your second dose.

Starting date Who is eligible
August 17
  • Transplant recipients
  • Patients with hematological cancers
  • Recipients of an anti-CD20 agent
  • Residents of high-risk congregate settings including long-term care homes, higher-risk licensed retirement homes and First Nations elder care lodges
September 14
  • Patients undergoing active treatment for solid tumors
  • Recipients of chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-T-cell
  • People with moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency
  • People with stage 3 or advanced untreated HIV infection and those with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome
  • People undergoing active treatment with some categories of immunosuppressive therapies
October 7
  • People who live in a retirement home
  • Seniors who live in congregate settings such as assisted-living facilities, chronic care hospitals and congregate senior’s apartment buildings
  • People taking other immunosuppressant medications (contact your doctor to find out if you’re eligible)
November 6
  • People aged 70 and older (born in 1951 or earlier); the Chief Medical Officer of Health recommends that preference be given to the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for individuals aged 70 and over receiving their booster dose, based on evidence of increased vaccine effectiveness in this age group.
  • Health care workers (read the list of eligible health care workers)
  • Designated essential caregivers in congregate settings (including long-term care home and retirement home staff and designated caregivers)
  • People who received two doses of AstraZeneca or one dose of Janssen (a complete series of a viral vector vaccine)
  • First Nation, Inuit, and/or Métis adults and their household members
December 2
  • People receiving dialysis (hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis)
December 13
  • People aged 50 and older (born in 1971 or earlier)
Early 2022
  • Everyone aged 12 and older who received their second dose at least six to eight months ago, pending clinical recommendation

Individuals who are immunocompromised

Some individuals who are immunocompromised can get a third dose eight weeks after their second dose.

Contact your health care provider to see if you are eligible.

You might be eligible if you are:

  • a transplant recipient (including solid organ transplant and hematopoietic stem cell transplants)
  • receiving stable, active treatment (chemotherapy, targeted therapies, immunotherapy) for a malignant hematologic disorder or solid tumor
  • in receipt of chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-T-cell
  • an individual with moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (for example, DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • Stage 3 or advanced untreated HIV infection and those with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome
  • undergoing active treatment with the following categories of immunosuppressive therapies: anti-B cell therapies (monoclonal antibodies targeting CD19, CD20 and CD22), high-dose systemic corticosteroids, alkylating agents, antimetabolites, or tumor-necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors and other biologic agents that are significantly immunosuppressive or are taking specific immunosuppressant medications (PDF)
  • receiving dialysis (hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis)

Where to get your booster dose

If you are eligible, you can book your booster dose appointment:

  • through the covid 19 vaccination portal
  • by calling the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900
  • directly through public health units that use their own booking systems
  • through Indigenous-led vaccination clinics
  • select pharmacies
  • primary care settings

You can also receive a booster dose by visiting a mobile or pop-up clinic, such as the GO-VAXX bus.

If you are a hospital-based health care worker, you can also contact your employer to get vaccinated directly through your hospital’s vaccination program.

If you live in a 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.

Locations and timing for booster doses may vary by public health unit based on local planning and considerations.

Confirming your eligibility

If you are eligible to receive a booster for reasons other than your age or dose history (such as receiving two doses of AstraZeneca), you may be asked to provide the following before receiving a booster dose:

  • Attestation of eligibility: First Nation, Inuit, and/or Métis adults and their household members requesting a booster outside of an Indigenous-led vaccination clinic.
  • Proof of employment: Non-hospital-based health care workers or those not being vaccinated through their hospital’s vaccination program.
  • Proof of residence: Residents of retirement homes, long-term care facilities, and other congregate settings requesting a booster outside of their residences.
  • Proof of essential caregiver status in a congregate setting (for example, letter or identification): designated essential caregivers requesting a booster outside of the congregate setting.
  • Prescription treating an eligible condition or referral from a health care professional: Immunocompromised individuals requesting a booster through a vaccination channel that is not administered by their primary health care provider.

Registering your vaccination if you got it out of the province

If you received a covid 19 vaccine outside of Ontario or Canada, you can register your vaccination(s) by contacting your local public health unit (PHU).

You must provide proof, such as an immunization record or a proof of vaccination certificate to your PHU to be registered in the system.

If needed, you can book your second dose through:

If you received both doses of a Health Canada authorized vaccine, you only have to provide proof of vaccination to your PHU. No other action is needed. If you received one or two doses of a covid 19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada, please contact your public health unit to see if you need any additional doses.

For more information, read the Ministry of Health COVID-19 Guidance for Individuals Vaccinated Outside of Ontario/Canada.

Why you should register your vaccination

If you get a covid 19 vaccine outside of Ontario or Canada, you should register it so you can:

  • book a second or additional dose (if needed) in Ontario
  • be contacted if there is any clinical guidance about the vaccine you got
  • obtain proof of vaccination if it is required by certain settings or for travel purposes
  • easily access a copy or your vaccine certificate if you lose your original receipts

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