Community Immunity

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More than 1,614,421 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been given in Ottawa.

Data as of 3:15 am on October 6, 2021. Visit our COVID-19 Vaccination Dashboard for up-to-date information on COVID-19 vaccinations in Ottawa.


Let’s keep up the momentum. There are plenty of appointments for second doses.  Let's make this a two-dose summer for as many people as possible. 

While we are making major progress, we need to stay ahead of the virus as we go into the fall. We will continue to monitor the impact of each step we take which might give COVID-19 more opportunity to spread. We know the Delta variant is more transmissible and is giving rise to resurgences (a comeback) in other countries despite high levels of immunization. Ottawa Public Health will keep an eye on hospitalizations as a key measure of whether the virus is reaching more vulnerable populations. 

How to help - Be social wise while we build community immunity 

Remember that until enough people are immunized against COVID-19, we still must follow COVID Wise public health guidelines to protect ourselves and others. Even those who are fully vaccinated will need to: 

  • S - Share your enthusiasm with friends and family about being fully vaccinated and encourage them to get vaccinated. 

  • - Exercise proper hand hygiene; wash your hands regularly or use hand sanitizer especially before touching your face. 

What you need to know 

ActivitiesNew things you can do in Step 3 of Ontario’s Reopening plan 
Indoor/Outdoor gatherings 
  • Indoor social gatherings and organized public events for up to 25 people.

  • Indoor dining with no limits to the number of patrons per table.

  • Indoor religious services, rites or ceremony gatherings with physical distancing. 

  • Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events for up to 100 people. 

  • For more information on gatherings, please visit:  Be Social Wise webpage. 

  • For more information on masks, please visit our Masks webpage. 

  • Check the Government of Canada’s new rules if you have to travel outside of Canada for business or other essential reasons.  

  • For information on travel between Ontario and other provinces, please visit the Government of Ontario website. 

  • Please visit the travelling section on the Frequently asked questions about COVID-19 vaccination webpage.

Returning to school 
  • Please visit the Supporting Schools webpage.  Please note some of this content is under review and will be updated in coming weeks. The content will be made current for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year.
  • Retail with capacity limited to ensure physical distancing.

  • Personal care services with capacity limited to ensure physical distancing.

  • For more information:  Businesses and Workplaces webpage.

  • Museums, casinos and bingo halls with capacity limits.

  • Cinemas, concert, theatres, and other performing arts venues with capacity limits.

Sports and exercise 



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Why get vaccinated?

Each person who receives their COVID-19 vaccine brings us one step closer to community immunity.  Book your vaccine appointment as soon as you are eligibleThe vaccine will not only help protect you, but those around you.  Getting your COVID-19 vaccine also reduces your chances of becoming seriously ill, being hospitalized and dying from COVID-19.  

Remember that until enough people are immunized against COVID-19, we still must respect public health guidelines to protect ourselves and others.  Even those who have received a vaccine will need to:

  • Wear a mask
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Wash their hands often
  • Practise physical distancing. Stay two metres (six feet) apart

Practising these measures will help Ottawa reopen safely as quickly as possible. 

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How to talk vaccines

Are you wondering how to talk to your friend, family member, colleague or employee who is unsure about getting the COVID-19 vaccine, using mRNA vaccines interchangeably or who is hesitant about getting their second dose?  Check out our guide below for some great tips to help your loved ones and the people you live or work with feel more confident in taking the COVID-19 vaccine.  Need more information? Having questions about the vaccine is totally normal. Learn more at our frequently asked questions about COVID-19 vaccines.

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How to create a vaccine policy

Ottawa Public Health strongly recommends that Ottawa employers implement workplace vaccination policies to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Ottawa Public Health has released a how-to guide to assist employers in the development and implementation of their workplace vaccination policies. 

This new guide provides employers with key considerations to support the development and implementation of their own workplace vaccination policies. Businesses and workplaces are encouraged to use this guide and policy example as they develop their own policies. While strongly encouraged, these recommendations are voluntary, and are not intended to be legally enforceable under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020.

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Community Immunity

Last revised July 28, 2021

Spread the word

Facebook profile picture framesThe Community Immunity profile frame

Looking for a way to show your community, friends, and family you have gotten your first and/or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine? Check out our new Facebook Frame! Apply them to your profile picture and show your support! Help Ottawa work towards #CommunityImmunity.

Not sure how to add them? Follow these steps:

On desktop:

  1. Click your Facebook profile picture, click “Update Profile Picture”, then “Add Frame.”
  2. You can now find the City of Ottawa Frames by searching either of the following
    • Ottawa I got vaccinated
    • I'm fully vaccinated 
  3. Now that the Frame is applied, you can set how long you want the Frame to stay on your profile picture.
  4. Click “Use as Profile Picture” and you can now show your friends and family you’ve been vaccinated!

On mobile:The Community Immunity profile frame - Fully Vaccinated

  1. Tap on your Facebook profile picture, tap “Update Profile Picture”, then “Add Frame.”
  2. You can now find the City of Ottawa Frames by searching either of the following:
    • Ottawa I got vaccinated
    • Ottawa I'm fully vaccinated 
  3. Now that the Frame is applied, you can set how long you want the Frame to stay on your profile picture.
  4. Tap “Save” and you can now show your friends and family you’ve been vaccinated!

Feeling uneasy about returning to pre-pandemic activities? 

Below are tips on how to take care of your mental health and support the mental health of others as restrictions are lifting and the city is re-opening: 

  • Remember, we may all have different reactions to re-opening. 

  • Some people will be excited and relieved about returning to pre-pandemic activities.  Others will feel unease and worry.  And many will feel a mix of emotions.  All are normal. 

  • Be kind to yourself and others.

  • We have all been in the same storm, but we were in different boats.  We don’t know what others have weathered to get here, just like others don’t know what you have weathered. 

  • Think about what has helped you cope with stress in the past.

  • Pause and reflect.  Think of what has helped you in other difficult situations.  It might be things like getting quality sleep, eating healthy foods that give you energy, connecting with nature, talking to someone you trust. 

  • Start low and go slow.

  • This suggestion applies here too!  If you are feeling nervous about returning to pre-pandemic activities, take your time. 

  • It’s ok to not be okay.

  • Reach out for help when you need it.  Talk to someone you trust or reach out to community services like the Distress Centre at 613-238-3311, or 





Click here to check your eligibility for a vaccine and learn how to book an appointment


Frequently asked questions about COVID-19 vaccines

  • Having questions about the vaccine is totally normal. Learn everything from vaccine efficacy, potential side effects and so much more.

Myths vs Facts videos

  • A series of short videos made by Ottawa Public Health on popular myths regarding COVID-19 vaccines.

COVID-19 Stories

  • A series of interviews with real people experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic.

Multilingual COVID-19 Stories

  • A series of interviews with community members about their vaccine journey.

Real doctors answer your COVID-19 vaccine questions in your language:  9 stories and 8 languages (Punjabi, Spanish, Hindi, Turkish, Arabic, French, Cantonese, Polish)

  • Key questions answered:
    • Can you tell us why the COVID-19 vaccines are safe?
    • Did it matter which COVID-19 vaccine you received?
    • Can you tell us why vaccine side effects are normal?
    • What is your message to your peers, family, community, patients and friends about the importance of getting vaccinated?

COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit for Employers

  • This resource provides basic information on what you need to know about COVID-19 vaccination, the best way for businesses to build confidence in COVID-19 vaccines to increase uptake among employees, and to establish supportive policies and best practices.

Community Immunity Graphics

OPH has created the following graphics that you can download and use (These documents are not in an accessible format):

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