COVID-19 Vaccine

The Ontario Spring COVID-19 vaccine campaign ended on June 30th, 2024. The Ministry of Health is recommending that you wait for the fall to receive your next dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, even if you did not get a COVID-19 vaccine this spring. This will ensure maximum protection when peak circulation of COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses are expected.

If you have never received a COVID-19 vaccine before or if your health care provider has recommended you receive a COVID-19 vaccine now, you can receive the currently available COVID-19 vaccine at any time (it is recommended to wait 6 months from your last dose).

    Last revised: July 2, 2024

Who can receive the vaccine

Vaccinated in the past for COVID-19

Those previously immunized against COVID-19 are recommended to wait until Fall 2024 for updated guidance regarding future COVID-19 immunizations unless advised otherwise by your health care provider.

The XBB.1.5-containing COVID-19 mRNA vaccines are available in all OPH clinics that provide COVID-19 vaccines for those who have been recommended by their health care provider to get a COVID-19 dose over the summer months, if it has been at least 3 months since your last vaccine dose. The Novavax COVID-19 vaccine is only available at certain OPH clinics for individuals 12 years and older.

Vaccinated if immunocompromised

The Spring COVID-19 Vaccine Campaign, which ran from April to June, recommended moderately-to severely immunocompromised individuals receive a COVID-19 dose. If recommended by your health care provider, a dose can be received over the summer months if there has been a minimum 3 months since last vaccine dose .

  • 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

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 is available at Ottawa Public Health’s immunization clinic at JH Putman School (2051 Bel-Air Dr.).

To book a clinic spot 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.

Note: The provincial booking system may not indicate the Novavax vaccine is available at this clinic, but you will be able to request the vaccine from your nurse when seen, in-person, at the clinic.

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

J.H Putman School

 

2051 Bel-Air Drive

New Clinic dates:

  • Friday, July 19
  • Monday, July 22
  • Tuesday, July 23
  • Wednesday, July 24
  • Thursday, July 25
  • Friday, July 26
  • Monday, July 29
  • Tuesday, July 30
  • Wednesday, July 31
  • Thursday, August 1

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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