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: January 14, 2022

Book your vaccine

All Ontarians aged 18 and over can book an appointment to receive a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

If you previously booked a booster appointment for six months (168 days) after your last dose, you can now re-book it for an earlier date three months (84 days) after your last dose.

Individuals who are immunocompromised can get a fourth dose (booster) three months (84 days) after completion of the three-dose primary series through the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900. Appointments can also be booked directly through public health units that use their own booking system, participating pharmacies, Indigenous-led vaccination clinics, select primary care settings, hospital clinics and mobile or pop-up clinics, such as the GO-VAXX bus.

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

Who can get vaccinated

All individuals aged five and older can book an appointment to get the covid 19 vaccine. Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself, your loved ones and our communities from COVID-19 and the highly-transmissible Omicron variant.

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 recommended for ages 12 to 17 to minimize myocarditis risk
  • Moderna, with informed consent

Vaccines available to adults

Upon request, or if you have an allergy to mRNA vaccines (like Pfizer or Moderna), you can get:

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

Your appointment for your second dose should be at least eight weeks after your first dose of Moderna or Pfizer.

Vaccines can be safely mixed for a first and second dose. Both vaccine options for your second dose:

  • are safe
  • provide strong protection against severe illness from covid 19 and variants, including Omicron
  • will count as a completed series (you will be fully vaccinated)

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.

For children aged five to 11 and youth aged 12 to 17, NACI also recommends waiting eight weeks between the first and second dose. This is based on evidence in adults that suggests longer intervals between doses results in a stronger immune response and higher vaccine effectiveness that is expected to last longer. This interval may be associated with a lower risk of myocarditis and/or pericarditis.

Booster doses

To safeguard the province’s hospitals and intensive care units in the face of the rapidly spreading Omicron variant, Ontario is rapidly accelerating its booster dose rollout.

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

If you booked your appointment at an interval of six months (168 days), you can re-book for an earlier date at the three-month interval through Ontario’s booking portal or by calling the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre.

You are strongly encouraged to get your booster dose as soon as possible. Both Moderna and Pfizer will provide strong protection against the Omicron variant.

Book your booster

Fourth doses for special populations

You can get a fourth dose of an mRNA vaccine three months (84 days) after your third dose if you are a resident of a:

  • long-term care home
  • retirement homes
  • elder care lodge
  • other congregate setting that provide assisted-living and health services

Public health units will work with the homes who will offer fourth doses on-site within your home or make arrangements for a visit from a mobile clinic.

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

Some individuals who are immunocompromised can get:

  • a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine eight weeks after their second dose as part of an extended primary series
  • a fourth dose (booster) three months (84 days) after completion of the three-dose primary series

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)

Appointments for a fourth dose (booster) can be booked:

  • by calling the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900
  • directly through public health units that use their own booking system
  • at participating pharmacies
  • hospital clinics (visit your local hospital or public health unit for booking details, if available in your region)
  • mobile or pop-up clinics (visit your local public health unit website for details, if available in your region)
  • GO-VAXX bus, by appointment only
  • through your hospital’s vaccination program if you are a hospital-based health care worker

Eligible individuals will need to provide their prescription, prescription vial or a referral from a health care professional at the time of their appointment.

Where to get your vaccine

If you are eligible, you can book any of your vaccine doses:

  • 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 system
  • through Indigenous-led vaccination clinics
  • participating pharmacies
  • select primary care settings
  • hospital clinics (visit your local hospital or public health unit for booking details, if available in your region)
  • mobile or pop-up clinics, (visit your local public health unit website for details, if available in your region)
  • GO-VAXX bus by appointment only
  • through your hospital’s vaccination program if you are a hospital-based health care worker
  • 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)

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.

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 or booster through:

  • the provincial booking system or calling the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre
  • a participating pharmacy
  • your primary care setting
  • public health units that use their own booking system

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, you should register it so you can:

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