COVID-19 Vaccine

The Ontario Spring COVID-19 vaccine campaign will run from April to June 2024. In alignment with NACI recommendations people who are at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 may receive an additional dose of an XBB COVID-19 vaccine in Spring 2024.

The Ministry of Health is recommending that the following individuals receive an additional dose this spring:  

  • Adults 65 years of age and older;  
  • Adult residents of long-term care homes and other congregate living settings for seniors;  
  • Individuals 6 months of age and older who are moderately to severely immunocompromised (due to an underlying condition or treatment); and 
  • Individuals 55 years and older who identify as First Nations, Inuit, or Metis and their non-Indigenous household members who are 55 years and older.

Receiving a COVID-19 vaccine in Spring 2024 is especially important for individuals at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 who did not receive a dose during the Fall 2023 program.

    Last revised: April 5, 2024

Who can receive the vaccine

Vaccinated in the past for COVID-19

Starting in April, those previously vaccinated for COVID-19, and at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19, may receive one additional dose of the XBB COVID-19 vaccine formulation, which includes:

  • Adults 65 years of age and older
  • Adult residents of long-term care homes and other congregate living settings for seniors
  • Individuals 6 months of age and older who are moderately to severely immunocompromised (due to an underlying condition or treatment)
  • Individuals 55 years and older who identify as First Nations, Inuit, or Metis and their non-Indigenous household members who are 55 years and older

Receiving a COVID-19 vaccine in Spring 2024 is particularly important for individuals at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 who did not receive a dose during the Fall 2023 program. Eligible individuals may receive an XBB COVID-19 vaccine in Spring 2024 if it has been 6 months from the previous COVID-19 vaccine dose or known SARS-CoV-2 infection (whichever is later). A shorter interval (three to six months) may be considered based on age and risk. Talk to your health care provider about the best option for you.

All other individuals are not currently recommended to receive a COVID-19 vaccine dose in Spring 2024 and should wait until further recommendations. This includes individuals who are not at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 who did not receive an XBB COVID-19 vaccine in Fall 2023, unless they are specifically recommended to receive a dose by their health care provider.

Note: The XBB.1.5-containing COVID-19 mRNA vaccines are available in all OPH clinics that provide COVID-19 vaccines. The Novavax COVID-19 vaccine is only available at certain OPH clinics for individuals 12 years and older.

Vaccinated if immunocompromised

Starting in April, those who are immunocompromised may receive one additional dose of the XBB COVID-19 vaccine formulation this spring as people considered at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19:

  • Vaccinated in the past:
    • Get a dose of the updated COVID-19 vaccine if it has been six months since your previous COVID-19 dose or infection (which-ever is later).

 A shorter interval (three to six months) may be considered based on age and risk. Talk to your health care provider about the best option for you.

  • Not vaccinated in the past or who have been recommended by their health care provider to restart the vaccination series.
    • 6 months to 4 years old: get 3 to 4 doses (product specific) of the updated COVID-19 vaccine 4-8 weeks apart; if they have had a recent COVID-19 infection they should wait 4 to 8 weeks (28 to 56 days) after symptom onset or after testing positive (if no symptoms were experienced) before their COVID-19 doses.
    • 5 years and older: get 2 dose of the COVID-19 vaccine 4-8 weeks apart; if they have had a recent COVID-19 infection they should wait 4 to 8 weeks (28 to 56 days after symptom onset or after testing positive (if no symptoms were experienced) before their COVID-19 dose. 

It is important to speak with your health care provider about the timing for you to have the best possible immune response from the vaccine and minimize delays in your treatment. Let the provider giving you the COVID-19 immunization know that you are immunocompromised.

Not vaccinated in the past

People 6 months and older who have not been previously vaccinated against COVID-19 are recommended to receive  the XBB COVID-19 vaccine, at any time, if it has been 8 weeks (56 days) since their last COVID-19 infection symptom onset or after testing positive (if no symptoms were experienced).

  • 6 months to 4 years old – get 2 to 3 doses (product specific) of the updated COVID-19 vaccines; eight weeks apart
  • 5 years and older – get one dose of the XBB COVID-19 vaccine.

Novavax vaccine

As of April 8, Ottawa Public Health will offer the updated XBB 1.5-containing Novavax COVID-19 vaccine at JH Putman School located at 2051 Bel-Air Dr.

The updated XBB 1.5-containing Novavax COVID-19 vaccine can be given to people 12 years of age and older. 

Visit our frequently asked questions about COVID-19 vaccination web page to learn more about the Novavax (Nuvaxovid) COVID-19 vaccine.

Booking an appointment

Novavax appointments can be booked at JH Putman using the online provincial booking system or calling the Provincial booking system at 1-833-943-3900 (TTY 1-866-797-0007) to schedule an appointment.

Where to get vaccinated

Ottawa Public Health offers COVID-19 vaccination through local community clinics, neighbourhood health and wellness hubs and pop-up clinics. Find below, more information about each type of Ottawa Public Health clinic.

Community clinics

COVID-19 vaccination is available at community clinics for eligible clients six months and older.

Residents are encouraged to book an appointment. Walk-ins will be accepted as capacity allows. You can use the online provincial booking system or call the Provincial booking system at 1-833-943-3900 (TTY 1-866-797-0007) to schedule an appointment at your local community clinic. The vaccination clinic locations in Ottawa were selected with accessibility being the main consideration.

Book a COVID-19 vaccine

If you require disability-related accommodations, please fill out this COVID-19 Vaccine Accessibility Assessment form at least 48 hours before your appointment (please indicate the time and date of your appointment). With less than 48 hours, Ottawa Public Health will strive to meet all accommodation needs, however, may not be able meet all requirements. 

Hours of Operation (only on dates specified):

Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays: 12:45 to 7:10 pm (closed between 3:45 and 4:45 pm)

Thursdays and Fridays: 9:45 am to 4:10 pm (closed between 12:45 and 1:45 pm)

Saturdays and Sundays: Closed

LocationDetailsDates of operation

Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School

1515 Tenth Line Road

New Clinic dates:

  • Tuesday, April 30
  • Tuesday, May 7 (12:45 to 3:45 pm only)
  • Tuesday, May 14
  • Tuesday, May 21
  • Tuesday, May 28

J.H Putman School

 

2051 Bel-Air Drive

New Clinic dates:

  • Monday, April 29
  • Thursday, May 2
  • Friday, May 3
  • Monday, May 6
  • Thursday, May 9
  • Friday, May 10
  • Monday, May 13
  • Thursday, May 16
  • Friday, May 17
  • Thursday, May 23
  • Friday, May 24
  • Monday, May 27
  • Thursday, May 30
  • Friday, May 31

Tony Graham Recreation Complex – Kanata

100 Charlie Rogers Place

New Clinic dates:

  • Wednesday, May 1
  • Wednesday, May 8
  • Wednesday, May 15
  • Wednesday, May 22
  • Wednesday, May 29

Changing or cancelling a vaccine appointment

If you booked your appointment with WabanoAkausivika pharmacy, a hospital or at Switch Health, please contact them directly to make any changes.

If you booked an appointment through the provincial online vaccine booking system, you can reschedule or cancel it online or by calling 1-833-943-3900 (TTY 1-866-797-0007). You will need your:

  • health card (information on front and back)
  • postal code
Neighbourhood Health and Wellness Hubs

In collaboration with city and community partners, Ottawa Public Health offers free drop-in services to all residents of Ottawa at our accessible Neighbourhood Health and Wellness Hubs. COVID-19 vaccination is available at select locations. Come speak to Ottawa Public Health and City of Ottawa staff.

View the locations and hours of the Neighbourhood Health and Wellness Hubs.

Select Pharmacies

Select pharmacy locations offer COVID-19 vaccination. Pharmacy locations are separate from Ottawa Public Health’s vaccination roll-out. You can find a list of all pharmacies offering COVID-19 vaccines, including which vaccines are offered, hours, locations and how to book an appointment online.

 

 

 Have a question?

  For frequently asked questions: visit our frequently asked questions about COVID-19 vaccination webpage

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