COVID-19 Vaccine

Provincial announcement: All adults aged 18 and over are now eligible to receive the bivalent booster dose. The new paediatric Pfizer vaccine is also vaccine available for children aged between six months to under five years old. 

Second dose appointments for children six months to five years are now available:  An interval of eight weeks is recommended between dose 1 and 2 to maximize the duration of vaccine protection.  Appointments are available for booking through the online provincial booking system.

⚠ If you have come in contact with someone who has symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19 on a PCR test or Rapid Antigen Test (RAT), visit our isolation instructions for COVID-19 web page. Take this self-assessment if you have any symptoms of illness or tested positive for COVID-19.

Last revised: October 5, 2022

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Getting your vaccine

Who can receive the vaccine

Who can receive their first and second dose?

  • Everyone six months or older at the time of their appointment is currently eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • The Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccines require two doses. All residents are encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as they can, and to receive further doses as soon as they are eligible to ensure maximum protection against COVID-19.
How can individuals access the Novavax (Nuvaxovid) COVID-19 vaccine?

You cannot book through the provincial portal. Booking will be through your local public health unit. Use this online form to register for a Novavax COVID-19 vaccine.

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

Who can receive a three dose primary series?

A ‘three-dose’ primary series refers to a series of three doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to make up a primary series offered to those who are immunocompromised or vulnerable. A third dose is added to the standard two-dose “primary vaccine series” to improve the immune response and establish an adequate level of protection for those who did not develop immunity or did not develop an optimal immune response after a 2-dose primary series.  

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. Note that in some cases the interval may be shortened as advised by your health care provider or specialist.

Eligibility: 

  • a transplant recipient (including solid organ transplant and hematopoietic stem cell transplants) 

  • receiving active treatment (chemotherapy, targeted therapies, immunotherapy) for a malignant hematologic disorder or solid tumor 

  • recipients of chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-T-cell therapy or hemopoietic stem cell transplant (within two years of transplantation or taking immunosuppression therapy) 

  • an individual with moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (for example, DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome) 

  • Individuals with HIV with prior AIDS defining illness or prior CD4 count ≤200/mm3 or prior CD4 fraction ≤15% or (in children) perinatally acquired HIV infection  

  • 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 

  • receiving dialysis (hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis) 

The third dose of vaccine will be given at least two months (eight weeks) after the second dose. Drop-in vaccinations are available for third doses at any community clinic in Ottawa during their hours of operation. 

Ottawa residents who meet these criteria must present one of the following to receive their third dose: 

  • A letter from their specialist or hospital program; or 

  • Current prescription package, label or pharmacy receipt of an immunosuppressant medication listed by the Ontario government. The prescription must clearly label: patient name, name of medication, date of dispensing, and name of prescribing doctor. 

Who can receive their first booster dose?

Vaccination and practising public health measures like masking, avoiding gatherings, and staying home when sick, remain our strongest defense against COVID-19.

OPH recommends a first booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine for those who are eligible. Patients can be directed to our frequently asked questions about COVID-19 vaccination page

First booster dose eligibility 

  • First booster doses of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) are recommended in Ontario for youth aged five to 17 if at least 168 days (approximately six months) have passed since their second dose.
    • Individuals must be at least five years old on the day they receive the vaccine.
  • First booster doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine are recommended in Ontario for individuals aged 18 and over if at least five months (140 days) have passed since they have received their second dose (or one dose of the Janssen vaccine).
  • Individuals may choose to receive their first booster dose as early as three months (84 days) after their second dose, with informed consent.
  • As per the National Advisory Committee on Immunization, longer intervals between doses has shown to result in better immune response and somewhat better vaccine effectiveness than shorter intervals. Consult your health care provider for individual recommendations and to assess personal risks and benefits of receiving vaccination earlier.
  • Residents are encouraged to make an appointment as drop-in availability will be limited at our community clinics. Residents may book an appointment at a community clinic through the Provincial COVID-19 Vaccination Portal or by calling the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900. 

Please ensure the minimum time interval has passed between second and first booster dose.

Who can receive their second booster dose?

The Ontario Government has expanded eligibility, and Ontarians aged 12 years and over are eligible for a second booster dose. A second booster dose provides an extra layer of protection.

Eligible individuals can book an appointment through the COVID-19 vaccination portal or by calling the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900.  

Appointments can also be made with local pharmacies. Drop-in availability will be limited, residents are encouraged to make an appointment at community vaccine clinics. Some primary care physicians are also providing booster doses.  

Second booster doses are being offered at an interval of six months (168 days) after an individual receives their first booster dose. Individuals may choose to receive their second booster as early as three months (84 days) after their first booster dose, with informed consent. As per the National Advisory Committee on Immunization, longer intervals between doses result in better immune response and somewhat better vaccine effectiveness than shorter intervals. Consult your health care provider for individual recommendations and to assess personal risks and benefits of receiving vaccination earlier.   

For those moderately to severely immunocompromised aged 12 to 17 years:  

Second booster doses are being offered if at least six months (168 days) have passed since their first booster dose. This interval may be associated with a lower risk of myocarditis with or without pericarditis. With informed consent this group may receive a second booster at a minimum of three months (84 days) after their first booster dose. For adolescents 12-17 years of age with moderately to severely immunocompromising conditions and/or risk factors that place them at high risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19, a booster dose of the bivalent Moderna COVID-19 vaccine may be offered.

Individuals who received their initial booster between 84 days (three months) and 168 days (six months) ago, must call the Provincial booking line at 1-833-943-3900, between 8 am and 8 pm, to make an appointment. 

As per the National Advisory Committee on Immunization, longer intervals between doses have shown to result in better immune response and somewhat better vaccine effectiveness than shorter intervals. Consult your health care provider for individual recommendations and to assess personal risks and benefits of receiving vaccination earlier. 

For more information please see Ministry of Health COVID-19 Vaccine Guidance  

New: Who can receive the bivalent booster dose?

As of September 26, 2022, all Ontarians aged 18 years and older are eligible for the bivalent COVID-19 booster dose. 

Individuals can receive the bivalent booster at the recommended interval of at least six months from their previous dose, regardless of how many boosters they have already received.  

Visit the Province of Ontario website to book online for a COVID-19 bivalent booster vaccine.  

A shorter interval of at least 3 months may be used with informed consent. Clients who want to book at the shorter interval must call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at  1-833-943-3900

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) recommends that individuals aged 18 and over that are receiving a fall booster, should be offered the bivalent vaccine. NACI also recommends that individuals 12 years of age and older who are moderately to severely immunocompromised receive the bivalent vaccine as a fall booster. 

Ottawa Public Health strongly recommends that the following vulnerable groups book a bivalent COVID-19 booster appointment as soon as possible (at the shortened interval of three months) to protect themselves this fall as more people spend time indoors: 

  • individuals aged 65 and over;  
  • residents of long-term care homes, retirement homes, Elder Care Lodges and individuals living in other congregate settings that provide assisted-living and health services;  
  • First Nation, Inuit and Métis individuals and their non-Indigenous household members aged 18 and over;  
  • Individuals 12 years of age and older with an underlying medical condition that places them at high risk of severe COVID-19 including moderately to severely immunocompromised individuals  
  • pregnant individuals aged 18 and over; and
  • health care workers aged 18 and over.  

For more information:  

Health Canada has approved the use of the Moderna Spikevax Bivalent (50 mcg) COVID-19 vaccine as a booster dose for adults aged 18 years and older.   

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) recommends that the authorized dose of a bivalent Omicron-containing mRNA COVID-19 vaccine should be offered as a booster dose to the authorized age groups (18 years of age and older). 

Book an appointment at a community clinic

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 vaccine

COVID-19 vaccination for children is ongoing in Ottawa

Everyone aged six months or older at the time of their appointment is currently eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. For the latest news, visit our COVID-19 vaccination and children web page.

Vaccine locations in Ottawa

If you are looking for more information before getting the COVID-19 vaccine, our clinic staff are always happy to answer your questions. Come chat with us at any community clinic!

Community clinics

Residents are encouraged to make an appointment as drop-in availability will be limited at community vaccine clinics.

Please note: Masks are required at all Ottawa Public Health Vaccination clinics.

Community clinic  Address Hours of operation

Orleans Ruddy Family YMCA-YWCA

265 Centrum Boulevard
  • Tuesday to Thursday: 12:45 to 7:10 pm
  • Friday and Saturday: 9:45 am to 4:10 pm

Century Public School

8 Redpine Drive
  • Tuesday to Thursday: 12:45 to 7:10 pm
  • Friday and Saturday: 9:45 am to 4:10 pm

Tom Brown Arena

141 Bayview Rd
  • Wednesday October 5, 2022: 12:45 to 7:10 pm
  • Thursday October 6, 2022: 12:45 to 7:10 pm
  • Thursday October 13, 2022: 12:45 to 7:10 pm
  • Tuesday October 11, 2022: 12:45 to 7:10 pm
  • Wednesday October 12, 2022: 12:45  to 7:10 pm

Kanata Recreation Complex 

100 Charlie Rogers Place
  • Tuesday to Thursday: 12:45 to 7:10
  • Friday and Saturday: 9:45 am to 4:10 pm

How to book appointment:

  • Book appointment or call 1-833-943-3900.
    • If you do not have a valid health card but are eligible for a vaccine, please call Ottawa Public Health at 613-691-5505 to book an appointment.

Individuals served

Who can receive their first and second dose?

  • Everyone six months or older at the time of their appointment is currently eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • The Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccines require two doses. All residents are encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as they can, and to receive further doses as soon as they are eligible to ensure maximum protection against COVID-19.
How can individuals access the Novavax (Nuvaxovid) COVID-19 vaccine?

You cannot book through the provincial portal. Booking will be through your local public health unit. Use this online form to register for a Novavax COVID-19 vaccine.

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

Who can receive a three dose primary series?

A ‘three-dose’ primary series refers to a series of three doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to make up a primary series offered to those who are immunocompromised or vulnerable. A third dose is added to the standard two-dose “primary vaccine series” to improve the immune response and establish an adequate level of protection for those who did not develop immunity or did not develop an optimal immune response after a 2-dose primary series.  

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. Note that in some cases the interval may be shortened as advised by your health care provider or specialist.

Eligibility: 

  • a transplant recipient (including solid organ transplant and hematopoietic stem cell transplants) 

  • receiving active treatment (chemotherapy, targeted therapies, immunotherapy) for a malignant hematologic disorder or solid tumor 

  • recipients of chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-T-cell therapy or hemopoietic stem cell transplant (within two years of transplantation or taking immunosuppression therapy) 

  • an individual with moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (for example, DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome) 

  • Individuals with HIV with prior AIDS defining illness or prior CD4 count ≤200/mm3 or prior CD4 fraction ≤15% or (in children) perinatally acquired HIV infection  

  • 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 

  • receiving dialysis (hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis) 

The third dose of vaccine will be given at least two months (eight weeks) after the second dose. Drop-in vaccinations are available for third doses at any community clinic in Ottawa during their hours of operation. 

Ottawa residents who meet these criteria must present one of the following to receive their third dose: 

  • A letter from their specialist or hospital program; or 

  • Current prescription package, label or pharmacy receipt of an immunosuppressant medication listed by the Ontario government. The prescription must clearly label: patient name, name of medication, date of dispensing, and name of prescribing doctor. 

Who can receive their first booster dose?

Vaccination and practising public health measures like masking, avoiding gatherings, and staying home when sick, remain our strongest defense against COVID-19.

OPH recommends a first booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine for those who are eligible. Patients can be directed to our frequently asked questions about COVID-19 vaccination page

First booster dose eligibility 

  • First booster doses of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) are recommended in Ontario for youth aged five to 17 if at least 168 days (approximately six months) have passed since their second dose.
    • Individuals must be at least five years old on the day they receive the vaccine.
  • First booster doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine are recommended in Ontario for individuals aged 18 and over if at least five months (140 days) have passed since they have received their second dose (or one dose of the Janssen vaccine).
  • Individuals may choose to receive their first booster dose as early as three months (84 days) after their second dose, with informed consent.
  • As per the National Advisory Committee on Immunization, longer intervals between doses has shown to result in better immune response and somewhat better vaccine effectiveness than shorter intervals. Consult your health care provider for individual recommendations and to assess personal risks and benefits of receiving vaccination earlier.
  • Residents are encouraged to make an appointment as drop-in availability will be limited at our community clinics. Residents may book an appointment at a community clinic through the Provincial COVID-19 Vaccination Portal or by calling the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900. 

Please ensure the minimum time interval has passed between second and first booster dose.

Who can receive their second booster dose?

The Ontario Government has expanded eligibility, and Ontarians aged 12 years and over are eligible for a second booster dose. A second booster dose provides an extra layer of protection.

Eligible individuals can book an appointment through the COVID-19 vaccination portal or by calling the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900.  

Appointments can also be made with local pharmacies. Drop-in availability will be limited, residents are encouraged to make an appointment at community vaccine clinics. Some primary care physicians are also providing booster doses.  

Second booster doses are being offered at an interval of six months (168 days) after an individual receives their first booster dose. Individuals may choose to receive their second booster as early as three months (84 days) after their first booster dose, with informed consent. As per the National Advisory Committee on Immunization, longer intervals between doses result in better immune response and somewhat better vaccine effectiveness than shorter intervals. Consult your health care provider for individual recommendations and to assess personal risks and benefits of receiving vaccination earlier.   

For those moderately to severely immunocompromised aged 12 to 17 years:  

Second booster doses are being offered if at least six months (168 days) have passed since their first booster dose. This interval may be associated with a lower risk of myocarditis with or without pericarditis. With informed consent this group may receive a second booster at a minimum of three months (84 days) after their first booster dose. For adolescents 12-17 years of age with moderately to severely immunocompromising conditions and/or risk factors that place them at high risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19, a booster dose of the bivalent Moderna COVID-19 vaccine may be offered.

Individuals who received their initial booster between 84 days (three months) and 168 days (six months) ago, must call the Provincial booking line at 1-833-943-3900, between 8 am and 8 pm, to make an appointment. 

As per the National Advisory Committee on Immunization, longer intervals between doses have shown to result in better immune response and somewhat better vaccine effectiveness than shorter intervals. Consult your health care provider for individual recommendations and to assess personal risks and benefits of receiving vaccination earlier. 

For more information please see Ministry of Health COVID-19 Vaccine Guidance  

New: Who can receive the bivalent booster dose?

As of September 26, 2022, all Ontarians aged 18 years and older are eligible for the bivalent COVID-19 booster dose. 

Individuals can receive the bivalent booster at the recommended interval of at least six months from their previous dose, regardless of how many boosters they have already received.  

Visit the Province of Ontario website to book online for a COVID-19 bivalent booster vaccine.  

A shorter interval of at least 3 months may be used with informed consent. Clients who want to book at the shorter interval must call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at  1-833-943-3900

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) recommends that individuals aged 18 and over that are receiving a fall booster, should be offered the bivalent vaccine. NACI also recommends that individuals 12 years of age and older who are moderately to severely immunocompromised receive the bivalent vaccine as a fall booster. 

Ottawa Public Health strongly recommends that the following vulnerable groups book a bivalent COVID-19 booster appointment as soon as possible (at the shortened interval of three months) to protect themselves this fall as more people spend time indoors: 

  • individuals aged 65 and over;  
  • residents of long-term care homes, retirement homes, Elder Care Lodges and individuals living in other congregate settings that provide assisted-living and health services;  
  • First Nation, Inuit and Métis individuals and their non-Indigenous household members aged 18 and over;  
  • Individuals 12 years of age and older with an underlying medical condition that places them at high risk of severe COVID-19 including moderately to severely immunocompromised individuals  
  • pregnant individuals aged 18 and over; and
  • health care workers aged 18 and over.  

For more information:  

Health Canada has approved the use of the Moderna Spikevax Bivalent (50 mcg) COVID-19 vaccine as a booster dose for adults aged 18 years and older.   

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) recommends that the authorized dose of a bivalent Omicron-containing mRNA COVID-19 vaccine should be offered as a booster dose to the authorized age groups (18 years of age and older). 

Vaccine offered: 

  • Pfizer-BioNtech Comirnaty and/or Moderna Spikevax

Important: You may receive a different mRNA vaccine for your second dose depending on vaccine supply and availability. Interchanging mRNA vaccines is safe and effective and the priority is to receive two doses of a vaccine to complete the series and be fully protected.  

Please note:

  • You must be five years or older to get the Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty vaccine
  • You must be six months or older on the day of your appointment to get a Moderna Spikevax vaccine
    • There is a pediatric dose of the Moderna Spikevax vaccine available for children six months to five years

Additional information:

When you book your appointments through the provincial booking system, you will receive a confirmation code. Please bring this code with you when you go to your appointments. If you do not have a confirmation code, your appointments were not successfully completed. Please revisit the provincial booking system or call 1-833-943-3900 to book your appointments and receive your confirmation code.

How to prepare for vaccination:

Take a tour of our COVID-19 vaccination clinic:

To align with Public Health Ontario guidance, the chairs in our waiting areas are cleaned and disinfected on a regular basis throughout the day. More information can be found at Public Health Ontario.

How to cancel your appointment:

If your vaccine appointment was booked through the Province, you may cancel your appointment by following the steps outlined in the confirmation email you received at the time you made your appointment or use this link. Otherwise, you may do-so by calling 1-833-943-3900.

6 months to under 5 years COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics

Six months to under five years COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics

Clinic Address Hours of operation


Orléans Client Service Centre

255 Centrum Boulevard
  • Wednesday October 5, 2022: 12:45 to 7:10 pm
  • Friday October 7, 2022: 9:45 am to 4:10 pm

  • Wednesday October 12, 2022: 12:45 to 7:10 pm

  • Friday October 14, 2022: 9:45 am to 4:10 pm

  • Wednesday October 19, 2022: 12:45 to 7:10 pm
  • Friday October 21, 2022: 9:45 am to 4:10 pm
  • Friday October 28, 2022: 9:45 am to 4:10 pm
  • Wednesday November 2, 2022: 12:45 to 7:10 pm
  • Friday November 4, 2022: 9:45 am to 4:10 pm
  • Wednesday November 9, 2022: 12:45 to 7:10 pm
  • Wednesday November 16, 2022: 12:45 to 7:10 pm
  • Friday November 18, 2022: 9:45 am to 4:10 pm
  • Tuesday November 22, 2022: 12:45 to 7:10 pm
  • Friday November 25, 2022: 9:45 am to 4:10 pm
Mary Pitt Centre 100 Constellation Drive
  • Saturday October 8, 2022: 9:45am to 4:10pm
  • Saturday October 15, 2022: 9:45am to 4:10pm
The Ottawa Birth and Wellness Centre 2260 Walkley Road
  • Thursday October 6, 2022: 12:45 to 7:10 pm
  • Friday October 7, 2022: 9:45 am to 4:10 pm
  • Saturday October 8, 2022: 9:45 am to 4:10 pm
  • Thursday October 13, 2022: 12:45 to 7:10 pm
  • Friday October 14, 2022: 9:45 am to 4:10 pm
  • Saturday October 15, 2022: 9:45 am to 4:10 pm
Kanata Seniors Centre 2500 Campeau Drive
  • Thursday October 6, 2022: 12:45 to 7:10 pm

  • Saturday October 8, 2022: 9:45 am to 4:10 pm
  • Thursday October 13, 2022: 12:45 to 7:10 pm
  • Saturday October 29, 2022: 9:45 am to 4:10 pm
  • Saturday November 12, 2022: 9:45 am to 4:10 pm
  • Saturday November 26, 2022: 9:45 am to 4:10 pm

Tom Brown Arena

141 Bayview Road

  • Thursday October 6, 2022: 12:45 to 7:10 pm
  • Thursday October 13, 2022: 12:45 to 7:10 pm
  • Thursday October 20, 2022: 12:45 to 7:10 pm
  • Thursday October 27, 2022: 12:45 to 7:10 pm
  • Thursday November 3, 2022: 12:45 to 7:10 pm
  • Thursday November 10, 2022: 12:45 to 7:10 pm
  • Thursday November 17, 2022: 12:45 to 7:10 pm
  • Thursday November 24, 2022: 12:45 to 7:10 pm

Richelieu-Vanier Community Centre

300 Des Pères-Blancs Avenue

  • Tuesday October 4, 2022: 12:45 to 7:10 pm
  • Tuesday October 11, 2022: 12:45 to 7:10 pm
  • Tuesday October 25, 2022: 12:45 to 7:10 pm

West Carleton Community Complex 

5670 Carp Road (Kinburn)

  • Saturday October 15, 2022: 9:45 am to 4:10 pm
  • Saturday November 19, 2022: 9:45 am to 4:10 pm

J.H Putman 

2051 Bel-Air Drive

  • Tuesday October 4, 2022: 12:45 to 7:10 pm
  • Wednesday October 5, 2022: 12:45 to 7:10 pm
  • Friday October 7, 2022: 9:45 am to 4:10 pm
  • Tuesday October 11, 2022: 12:45 to 7:10 pm
  • Wednesday October 12, 2022: 12:45 to 7:10 pm
  • Friday October 14, 2022: 9:45 am to 4:10 pm
  • Tuesday October 18, 2022: 12:45 to 7:10 pm
  • Saturday October 22, 2022: 9:45am to 4:10pm
  • Wednesday October 26, 2022: 12:45 to 7:10 pm
  • Tuesday November 1, 2022: 12:45 to 7:10 pm
  • Saturday November 5, 2022: 9:45am to 4:10pm
  • Tuesday November 8, 2022: 12:45 to 7:10 pm
  • Tuesday November 15, 2022: 12:45 to 7:10 pm
  • Wednesday November 23, 2022: 12:45 to 7:10 pm

 

After-school COVID-19 vaccination clinics

Drop-in to one of our clinics to talk to a public health nurse or get a COVID-19 vaccine for anyone age six months and up! The priority for the after-school clinics are children aged six months to 11 years, their families and household members in the surrounding community. Those living in the surrounding area who still need a first, second or booster dose (if eligible) of COVID-19 vaccine are also welcome. Getting your vaccination will give you greater protection against serious illness and hospitalization from COVID-19. 

At Ottawa Public Health clinics, children aged six months to five years will be offered a 25-mcg dose of the Moderna Spikevax vaccine which is the only vaccine available to this age group at this time. Children aged five to 11 years of age will be offered the 10-mcg dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. Per the Ministry of Health, the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine 10-mcg dose is preferred to start or continue the primary series among children this age over the Moderna (Spikevax) 50-mcg dose. This recommendation from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization is based on the higher number of adolescents and young adults who experienced myocarditis/pericarditis after receiving the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine (100 mcg dose) versus with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine (30mcg dose).

The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine will be available upon request at Ottawa Public Health clinic, with informed consent,  as an alternative to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 to start or continue the series in children aged six to 11 years of age.

PLEASE NOTE: Masks are required at all Ottawa Public Health Vaccination clinics.

There are currently no after-school clinics scheduled. Please check back at a later date.

Switch Health bivalent COVID-19 vaccination clinics

Two Bio-Test Laboratory locations in Ottawa are offering the bivalent COVID-19 vaccine booster for all eligible residents, by appointment only. For additional information and to book an appointment visit the Switch Health website. Please enter “Ottawa” in the search bar to access these clinics and book an appointment.

Bells Corners

Bio-Test Laboratory

2006 Robertson Road
Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday: 8 am to 4pm
Smyth Medical Centre

Bio-Test Laboratory

1929 Russell Road, Suite 102
Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday: 8 am to 4pm

Kids Come First Health Team vaccination clinics

CHEO is working with its Kids Come First Health Team partners, including Ottawa Public Health, physicians and families to help vaccinate as many children as possible.

PLEASE NOTE: Masks are required at all Ottawa Public Health Vaccination clinics.

Individuals served:

The Kids Come First Health Team will be holding vaccination clinics at CHEO for children six months to 11 years old who cannot attend a community vaccination clinic. Reasons a child may have difficulty receiving their vaccination in the community include:

  • being immunocompromised
  • having medical complexities or technology dependency that make it difficult to attend a clinic in the community (e.g. tracheostomy, ventilator, uncontrolled seizure disorder)
  • having a condition that makes it challenging to be in crowded spaces (e.g. anxiety, autism)
  • other medical reasons that are not listed above, but make it challenging for the child to be vaccinated in the community

The clinic will be open to eligible children and their household members.

If your six months to 11 year old child meets the criteria above, we encourage you to pre-register for their COVID-19 vaccine through the Kids Come First Health Team’s upcoming vaccination clinics.

Please note, that pre-registration does not mean you are booking an appointment.

For additional information visit the Kids Come First Health Team vaccination clinics web page.

Mobile Pop-Up Vaccination Clinics

Mobile clinics are intended to help reduce barriers for residents who would like to receive the vaccine by working with community leaders to provide comfortable, convenient and easily accessible options for vaccination. This is just one more initiative to help ensure that anyone aged five or older in Ottawa, who wants the COVID-19 vaccine, can get vaccinated.  

Organizations serving vulnerable populations, congregate care settings, and/or organizations willing to support a clinic for residents experiencing barriers can reach out by: 

Based on your group’s needs, Ottawa Public Health will coordinate the planning and can set up a mobile team, assist in promotion of your mobile vaccine clinic, and even help answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccines. Services can be provided in a variety of languages. A limited number of mobile clinics are available Tuesdays through Saturdays where residents can access the vaccine with no appointment.

PLEASE NOTE: Masks are required at all Ottawa Public Health Vaccination clinics.

Mobile Pop-Up Vaccination Clinics
Community Clinic Address Hours of Operation
None scheduled at this time None scheduled at this time None scheduled at this time

 

Neighbourhood Health and Wellness Hubs

Public health neighbourhood health and wellness hubs are vaccination locations with Public Health Nurses available to answer questions, provide COVID-19 vaccine information, and COVID-19 vaccinations. Hubs are intended for those living in the surrounding area to receive a first, second or booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine, including for those aged five to 11. No appointment is needed to receive a vaccine or to speak with a Public Health nurse about COVID-19 vaccines. The Moderna Spikevax COVID-19 vaccine for children six months to five years is available at all neighbourhood health and wellness hub locations.

PLEASE NOTE: Masks are required at all Ottawa Public Health Vaccination clinics. 

For the latest information visit: COVID-19 Vaccination and Children - Ottawa Public Health

Location and hours of the Neighbourhood Health and Wellness Hubs
Location Hours of operation

Centretown

In collaboration with the Community and Social Services Department (CSSD) Community Service Hub

370 Catherine St

Wednesday and Friday from 10 am to 4 pm (Closed 12:30 to 1:30 pm)

Heatherington

Albion-Heatherington Recreation Centre

1560 Heatherington Road

Tuesday to Thursday from 1 to 7 pm (Closed 3:30 to 4:30 pm)

Ledbury Pavilion

1250 Ledbury Avenue

Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm (Closed 12:30 to 1:30 pm)

Bayshore

Bayshore Field House

175 Woodridge Crescent

Tuesday to Thursday from 11 am to 5 pm (Closed 1:30 to 2:30 pm)

Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm (Closed 12:30 to 1:30)

AMA Community Centre

1216 Hunt Club Road

Note: Use side entrance

Tuesday to Thursday from 1 to 7 pm (Closed 3:30 to 4:30 pm)

Hunt Club - Riverside Park

Hunt Club-Riverside Park Community Centre

3320 Paul Anka Drive

Tuesday and Thursday from 1 to 7 pm (Closed 3:30 to 4:30 pm)

Caldwell

Bellevue Communtiy Centre

1475 Caldwell Avenue

Closed on November 11, 2022

Thursday from 1 to 7 pm (Closed 3:30 to 4:30 pm)

Friday from 10 am to 4 pm (Closed 12:30 to 1:30 pm)

Greenboro

Greenboro Library

363 Lorry Greenberg Drive

Closed on November 11, 2022

Tuesday and Thursday from 1 to 7 pm (Closed 3:30 to 4:30 pm)

Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm (Closed 12:30 to 1:30 pm)

ACB Wellness Centre

African, Caribbean and Black Wellness Resource Centre

1021 Cyrville Road Unit # 9

Wednesday from 1 to 4 pm

Saturday from 11 am to 2 pm

St. Laurent-Overbrook

Rideau High School

815 St. Laurent Boulevard

Closed on November 11, 2022

Tuesday and Thursday from 1 to 7 pm (Closed 3:30 to 4:30 pm)

Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm (Closed 12:30 to 1:30 pm)

Vanier South

Canadian Mental Health Association, Ottawa (CMHAO)

311 McArthur Avenue

Closed on November 11, 2022

Tuesday and Wednesday from 1 to 7 pm (Closed 3:30 to 4:30 pm)

Friday from 10 am to 4 pm (Closed 12:30 to 1:30 pm)

Parkwood Hills

Emerald Plaza Library

1547 Merivale Road

Closed on November 11, 2022

Tuesday from 1 to 7 pm (Closed 3:30 pmto 4:30 pm)

Wednesday from 10 am to 4 pm (Closed 12:30 to 1:30 pm)

Friday from 1 to 4:30 pm

Saturday from 10 am 4 pm (Closed 12:30 to 1:30 pm)

Elmvale Acres

St Aidan’s Anglican Church

934 Hamlet Road

Thursday from 1 to 7 pm (Closed 3:30 to 4:30 pm)

Friday from 10 am to 4 pm (Closed 12:30 to 1:30 pm)

Lowertown

Jules Morin Fieldhouse

400 Clarence Street, East

Closed on November 11, 2022

Tuesday and Thursday from 1 to 7 pm (Closed 3:30 to 4:30 pm)

October 11 only from 1 to 4:30 pm

First Nations, Inuit and Métis Clinics

Second booster doses are available to First Nation, Inuit and Métis individuals and their non-Indigenous household members  18 years and older.

  • Optimal Interval (waiting period): At least five months (140 days) since your last booster dose.
  • Minimum Interval: At least three months (84 days) since your last booster dose.
  • Note: Waiting the optimal interval between doses has been show to result in a better immune response and vaccine effectiveness. However, with informed consent, you can choose to get your vaccine after the minimum waiting period

Booster doses are available to everyone 12 years and older who meet the eligibility requirements.

First and second doses are available to everyone aged five years old and older.

PLEASE NOTE: Masks are required at all Ottawa Public Health Vaccination clinics.

Clinics
Location Details

Akausivik Inuit Family Health Team

24 Selkirk Street, Suite 300

Hours of operation: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 10:15am to 5:30pm

Eligibility: Inuit community members (ages five and older) and staff from Indigenous community agencies

Access: Call 613-740-0999 to book an appointment Monday to Friday 10:30am to 4:30pm

 

Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health Neighbourhood Vaccination Hub

 

299 Montreal Road

 

Temporarily closed. Last day of operations June 16. Reopening Fall 2022

Hours of operation: Tuesday and Thursday 10 am to 4 pm

Eligibility: First Nations, Inuit and Métis community members and their non-Indigenous household members

Access: No appointment necessary, but you may wish to secure a time slot by pre-booking.

Other clinics

First Nation, Inuit and Métis community members who wish to receive their first or second dose of vaccine can walk-in to any community clinic. For a booster dose, you can book an appointment online at a community clinic through the provincial booking system or by phone at 1-833-943-3900; or at select pharmacies. Please use the vaccine clinic search tool to find a location near you.

Proof of vaccination

People who were vaccinated at Akausivik received a paper receipt. Paper receipts are valid proof of vaccination, but if you travel, you may be asked for an electronic vaccine certificate. Akausivik is reaching out to all of their clients to provide updated information about COVax and assist those who want to be recorded in COVax to get a QR code. To get a COVax receipt, please contact Akausivik Inuit Family Health Team at 613-740-0999, by email generalinfo@aifht.ca or visit their website for more information

How to prepare for vaccination

Changing or cancelling a vaccine appointment

If you booked your appointment with Ottawa Public Health, Wabano, Akausivik, a pharmacy or a hospital, please contact them directly to make any changes. Ottawa Public Health can be reached at 613-691-5505.

If you scheduled 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

Vaccine in select pharmacies 

Individuals served:

Who can receive their first and second dose?

  • Everyone six months or older at the time of their appointment is currently eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • The Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccines require two doses. All residents are encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as they can, and to receive further doses as soon as they are eligible to ensure maximum protection against COVID-19.
How can individuals access the Novavax (Nuvaxovid) COVID-19 vaccine?

You cannot book through the provincial portal. Booking will be through your local public health unit. Use this online form to register for a Novavax COVID-19 vaccine.

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

Who can receive a three dose primary series?

A ‘three-dose’ primary series refers to a series of three doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to make up a primary series offered to those who are immunocompromised or vulnerable. A third dose is added to the standard two-dose “primary vaccine series” to improve the immune response and establish an adequate level of protection for those who did not develop immunity or did not develop an optimal immune response after a 2-dose primary series.  

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. Note that in some cases the interval may be shortened as advised by your health care provider or specialist.

Eligibility: 

  • a transplant recipient (including solid organ transplant and hematopoietic stem cell transplants) 

  • receiving active treatment (chemotherapy, targeted therapies, immunotherapy) for a malignant hematologic disorder or solid tumor 

  • recipients of chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-T-cell therapy or hemopoietic stem cell transplant (within two years of transplantation or taking immunosuppression therapy) 

  • an individual with moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (for example, DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome) 

  • Individuals with HIV with prior AIDS defining illness or prior CD4 count ≤200/mm3 or prior CD4 fraction ≤15% or (in children) perinatally acquired HIV infection  

  • 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 

  • receiving dialysis (hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis) 

The third dose of vaccine will be given at least two months (eight weeks) after the second dose. Drop-in vaccinations are available for third doses at any community clinic in Ottawa during their hours of operation. 

Ottawa residents who meet these criteria must present one of the following to receive their third dose: 

  • A letter from their specialist or hospital program; or 

  • Current prescription package, label or pharmacy receipt of an immunosuppressant medication listed by the Ontario government. The prescription must clearly label: patient name, name of medication, date of dispensing, and name of prescribing doctor. 

Who can receive their first booster dose?

Vaccination and practising public health measures like masking, avoiding gatherings, and staying home when sick, remain our strongest defense against COVID-19.

OPH recommends a first booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine for those who are eligible. Patients can be directed to our frequently asked questions about COVID-19 vaccination page

First booster dose eligibility 

  • First booster doses of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) are recommended in Ontario for youth aged five to 17 if at least 168 days (approximately six months) have passed since their second dose.
    • Individuals must be at least five years old on the day they receive the vaccine.
  • First booster doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine are recommended in Ontario for individuals aged 18 and over if at least five months (140 days) have passed since they have received their second dose (or one dose of the Janssen vaccine).
  • Individuals may choose to receive their first booster dose as early as three months (84 days) after their second dose, with informed consent.
  • As per the National Advisory Committee on Immunization, longer intervals between doses has shown to result in better immune response and somewhat better vaccine effectiveness than shorter intervals. Consult your health care provider for individual recommendations and to assess personal risks and benefits of receiving vaccination earlier.
  • Residents are encouraged to make an appointment as drop-in availability will be limited at our community clinics. Residents may book an appointment at a community clinic through the Provincial COVID-19 Vaccination Portal or by calling the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900. 

Please ensure the minimum time interval has passed between second and first booster dose.

Who can receive their second booster dose?

The Ontario Government has expanded eligibility, and Ontarians aged 12 years and over are eligible for a second booster dose. A second booster dose provides an extra layer of protection.

Eligible individuals can book an appointment through the COVID-19 vaccination portal or by calling the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900.  

Appointments can also be made with local pharmacies. Drop-in availability will be limited, residents are encouraged to make an appointment at community vaccine clinics. Some primary care physicians are also providing booster doses.  

Second booster doses are being offered at an interval of six months (168 days) after an individual receives their first booster dose. Individuals may choose to receive their second booster as early as three months (84 days) after their first booster dose, with informed consent. As per the National Advisory Committee on Immunization, longer intervals between doses result in better immune response and somewhat better vaccine effectiveness than shorter intervals. Consult your health care provider for individual recommendations and to assess personal risks and benefits of receiving vaccination earlier.   

For those moderately to severely immunocompromised aged 12 to 17 years:  

Second booster doses are being offered if at least six months (168 days) have passed since their first booster dose. This interval may be associated with a lower risk of myocarditis with or without pericarditis. With informed consent this group may receive a second booster at a minimum of three months (84 days) after their first booster dose. For adolescents 12-17 years of age with moderately to severely immunocompromising conditions and/or risk factors that place them at high risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19, a booster dose of the bivalent Moderna COVID-19 vaccine may be offered.

Individuals who received their initial booster between 84 days (three months) and 168 days (six months) ago, must call the Provincial booking line at 1-833-943-3900, between 8 am and 8 pm, to make an appointment. 

As per the National Advisory Committee on Immunization, longer intervals between doses have shown to result in better immune response and somewhat better vaccine effectiveness than shorter intervals. Consult your health care provider for individual recommendations and to assess personal risks and benefits of receiving vaccination earlier. 

For more information please see Ministry of Health COVID-19 Vaccine Guidance  

New: Who can receive the bivalent booster dose?

As of September 26, 2022, all Ontarians aged 18 years and older are eligible for the bivalent COVID-19 booster dose. 

Individuals can receive the bivalent booster at the recommended interval of at least six months from their previous dose, regardless of how many boosters they have already received.  

Visit the Province of Ontario website to book online for a COVID-19 bivalent booster vaccine.  

A shorter interval of at least 3 months may be used with informed consent. Clients who want to book at the shorter interval must call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at  1-833-943-3900

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) recommends that individuals aged 18 and over that are receiving a fall booster, should be offered the bivalent vaccine. NACI also recommends that individuals 12 years of age and older who are moderately to severely immunocompromised receive the bivalent vaccine as a fall booster. 

Ottawa Public Health strongly recommends that the following vulnerable groups book a bivalent COVID-19 booster appointment as soon as possible (at the shortened interval of three months) to protect themselves this fall as more people spend time indoors: 

  • individuals aged 65 and over;  
  • residents of long-term care homes, retirement homes, Elder Care Lodges and individuals living in other congregate settings that provide assisted-living and health services;  
  • First Nation, Inuit and Métis individuals and their non-Indigenous household members aged 18 and over;  
  • Individuals 12 years of age and older with an underlying medical condition that places them at high risk of severe COVID-19 including moderately to severely immunocompromised individuals  
  • pregnant individuals aged 18 and over; and
  • health care workers aged 18 and over.  

For more information:  

Health Canada has approved the use of the Moderna Spikevax Bivalent (50 mcg) COVID-19 vaccine as a booster dose for adults aged 18 years and older.   

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) recommends that the authorized dose of a bivalent Omicron-containing mRNA COVID-19 vaccine should be offered as a booster dose to the authorized age groups (18 years of age and older). 

Find a list of participating pharmacies online and contact the pharmacy for a vaccine.

Please note:

  • You must be six months or older on the day of your appointment to get a Moderna Spikevax vaccine
    • There is a pediatric dose of the Moderna Spikevax vaccine available for children six months to five years

How to prepare for vaccination:

Additional information:

The Province of Ontario has announced that pharmacies in Ottawa will provide COVID-19 vaccinations to residents of Ottawa. Please see the Province of Ontario website for more information.

These vaccinations are separate from Ottawa Public Health and the City of Ottawa’s vaccination roll-out. Please call the participating pharmacies directly to book or call the Province of Ontario Vaccination Information Line at 1-888-999-6488 (TTY 1-866-797-0007) for more information.

Vaccine Appointment Rebooking

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Attention residents with vaccine appointments booked after August 15 who have received the below email:

This is an important message about your COVID-19 vaccination appointment at ______ clinic location on ______ date and time.
Ottawa’s success in vaccinating a large portion of the population as quickly as possible has allowed the City to consolidate some of its clinic locations. The time and location of your current vaccination appointment is no longer available. To better protect you against COVID-19, we have attempted to contact you on several occasions, by telephone and email, to request that you move your vaccination appointment to an earlier date.

Visit ottawapublichealth.ca to find the clinic closest to you. If you prefer, you can also rebook your appointment at Ontario.ca/bookvaccine or call the provincial vaccine booking line at 1-833-943-3900.

Please note that your COVID-19 vaccination appointment at ________ clinic location on _______ date and time will be cancelled. By changing your appointment now, you will be sure to get your vaccine at a time and place that are most convenient for you.

Thank you for doing your part to achieve a two-dose summer!

Changing or cancelling a vaccine appointment

If you scheduled an appointment through the provincial online vaccine booking system, you can reschedule or cancel it online. You can also call the Provincial Vaccine Booking Line at 1-833-943-3900 (TTY 1-866-797-0007)

You will need your:

  • health card (information on front and back)
  • postal code
  • If you booked your appointment with Ottawa Public Health, pharmacy or a hospital, please contact them directly to make any changes. Ottawa Public Health can be reached at 613-691-5505.

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Registering a vaccine received outside of Canada or Ontario, or through a Federal program

If you have received one or more doses of a COVID-19 vaccine outside of the Province of Ontario, you may provide your proof of immunization to Ottawa Public Health. Complete the COVID-19 Out of Province Dose Documentation form.

If you have received one or more doses of a COVID-19 vaccine through a Federal program while in the province of Ontario (for example military or embassy vaccination clinic) Complete the Ontario COVID-19 Vaccine Form for Federal Programs.

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What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a viral infection that primarily affects the lungs. Some people may have a mild illness. Others may get very sick, including older adults or those with a pre-existing health condition. Very rarely, some children can get a serious inflammatory condition. The long-term effects of COVID-19 are not fully known. Some people are at greater risk of getting COVID-19 because of their work or living conditions. 

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Do the COVID-19 vaccines work? 

Which vaccines are approved in Ontario?

COVID-19 Vaccine Age range Type 

Doses*

Recommended Interval

(time between doses)*

Potential allergen **

Pfizer BioNTech - Comirnaty

5 years and older mRNA 2 8 weeks polyethylene glycol (PEG)

Moderna - Spikevax

6 months and older  mRNA 8 weeks

polyethylene glycol (PEG)

 

tromethamine
(trometamol or Tris)

Novavax - Nuvaxovid

18 years and older Protein subunit 2 8 weeks

Polysorbate-80

 

Medicago - Covifenz

18 to 64 years of age

Plant-based virus-like partricle

2 8 weeks Polysorbate-80
Johnson & Johnson - Janssen 18 years and older Viral-vector 1 Not applicable  Polysorbate-80

AstraZeneca - Vaxzevria / COVISHIELD

40 years and older Viral-vector  2 At least 8 weeks Polysorbate-80

* Many COVID-19 vaccines require two doses. The time between doses varies depending on the vaccine you receive and can also depend on provincial and NACI guidance. 

** See specific vaccine details for additional non-medicinal ingredients 

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Read our frequently asked questions about COVID-19 vaccination.

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