COVID-19 Vaccine

Last revised on July 27, 2021

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Getting your vaccine

Who can currently get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Residents who are eligible for their first dose or a shortened interval for a second dose can book an appointment at immunization clinics in Ottawa using the provincial booking system or by calling the Provincial booking system at 1-833-943-3900 (TTY 1-866-797-0007). Various other locations offer vaccine in Ottawa. 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 their second dose as soon as they are eligible to ensure maximum protection against COVID-19. First and second doses can be booked on the provincial booking system, at select pharmacies and at pop-up clinics in high priority neighbourhoods.

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Who can get their first dose:

Who can currently reschedule their second dose appointment to an earlier date:

Please note that the earliest date in most cases that you can receive your second dose is:

  • 28 days after your first dose if you received either the Pfizer-BioNTech or the Moderna vaccine.
  • 8-12 weeks after your first dose if you received the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Who qualifies:

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Interchanging vaccines

On June 17, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization, or NACI, updated its recommendations for those who received AstraZeneca for their first dose. In this scenario, NACI states that a second dose with an mRNA vaccine (Moderna or Pfizer) is now preferred based on emerging evidence of a potentially better immune response from this mixed vaccine schedule and to mitigate the potential risk of rare, but severe blood clots associated with AstraZeneca. Either Moderna or Pfizer are safe options for a second dose if you received AstraZeneca first.

For more information see June 18, 2021 – Special statement from Dr. Brent Moloughney.

Summary of National Advisory Committee on Immunization statement of June 17, 2021

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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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COVID-19 vaccine wait list

Individuals that are currently eligible for their first dose or a shortened interval for a second dose can complete this form weekly to sign up to receive last minute doses that are available at community clinics.

This list resets each Saturday at 11:59 pm. If you still require a vaccine, please register your information each week after this time.

COVID-19 vaccine wait list

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Registering a vaccine received outside of Canada or Ontario

If you have received one or more doses of a COVID-19 vaccine outside of the Province of Ontario, you must provide your proof of immunization to Ottawa Public Health. Complete the COVID-19 Out of Province Dose Documentation form to notify Ottawa Public Health of your out of province dose administration, and upload the documentation you have received.

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Vaccine locations

Please make sure that you are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine and make an appointment at a clinic that serves your category of eligible individuals. The vaccination clinics locations in Ottawa were selected with accessibility being the main consideration.

Enter your address in the search tool below and click the search button to find your nearest vaccine locations.

 

 

 

 

Note: this tool cannot verify that appointments are available at clinic locations. Please use the booking options provided for the clinics to determine availability.

Pop-up clinics

New: Drop-in appointments now available for residents needing a first or second dose

Beginning July 21, the City of Ottawa and Ottawa Public Health are making it easier for residents who have yet to receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Anyone age 12 and up who has not yet had a first or second dose can now drop in to any City-run community clinic between 10 am and 7 pm or pop-up clinic (while supplies last). No appointment needed. Residents can also drop in at the Queensway Carleton Hospital between 9 am and 3 pm daily. You can find a clinic near you by using the vaccine clinic location tool on OttawaPublicHealth.ca/COVID19vaccine

Appointments:

Same-day appointments can only be made in-person no earlier than two hours before the clinic opens, on a first come first served basis, while supply lasts. If there is a waiting period, residents may receive an appointment card with a time to return to the clinic for their vaccine.

Individuals served:

  • First doses are available for any resident aged 12 years of age or older at the time of vaccination.
  • Second doses are available for any resident aged 12 years of age or older who received their first dose of an mRNA vaccine at least 28 days before their appointment. Residents who received their first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine can receive an mRNA vaccine after 56 days.

Vaccination offered: 

  • Pfizer-BioNtech (age 12 or older) and/or Moderna (age 18 or older)

Please note:

  • You must be 12 or older on the day of your appointment to get the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine
  • You must be 18 or older on the day of your appointment to get the Moderna vaccine

Upcoming locations:

  • Enter your address in the search tool above and click the search button to find your nearest vaccine locations.
Upcoming pop-up clinic locations
Date Time Location
Monday, July 26 12:15 to 7 pm AMA Community Centre – 1216 Hunt Club Road
Monday July 26 and Tuesday July 27 12:45 to 7:30 pm Canada Science and Technology Museum  1867 St. Laurent Boulevard 
Tuesday, July 27 12:15 to 7 pm St Joseph's Adult High School – 330 Lajoie Street
Wednesday, July 28  12:15 to 7 pm Canterbury Recreation Complex  2185 Arch Street
Thursday, July 2 12:15 to 7 pm Merivale High School  1755 Merivale Road 
Friday July 30 12:15 to 7 pm Ahlul-Bayt Islamic School  3025 Albion Road North 
Saturday, July 31 9:45 am to 4:30 pm Ridgemont High School  2597 Alta Vista Drive 
Sunday, August 1 9:45 am to 4:30 pm AMA Community Centre 1216  Hunt Club Road  

Youth specific COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics:

CHEO and other partners of the Kids Come First Health Team are providing a dedicated pop-up clinic for youth 12-17 years. Any adults who accompany youth to the clinic can also receive a vaccine, but those from ages 12 to17 years old are the focus. No appointment needed. Residents will receive an appointment card with a time to return to the clinic for their vaccine on a first-come first-served basis.

Date Time Location
Monday July 26 8 am to 8 pm     University of Ottawa Minto Sports Complex - 801 King Edward Avenue
Tuesday July 27 8 am to 8 pm     University of Ottawa Minto Sports Complex - 801 King Edward Avenue
Wednesday July 28 8 am to 8 pm     University of Ottawa Minto Sports Complex - 801 King Edward Avenue
Thursday July 29 8 am to 8 pm     University of Ottawa Minto Sports Complex - 801 King Edward Avenue

Thanks to the Ottawa Health Team, Kids Come First Health Team and other local partners in the community for their support.

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.

Community clinics

COVID-19 vaccine drop-in availability for July 27, 2021

Clinics available for first and second dose drop-ins Address
Eva James Memorial Centre- 10am-7pm

65 Stonehaven Drive

Nepean Sportsplex - Halls A + B - 10am-7pm

1701 Woodroffe Avenue

Orleans Ruddy Family YMCA-YWCA - 10am-7pm

265 Centrum Blvd
Ottawa City Hall - 10am-7pm 110 Laurier Avenue West
Queensway Carleton Hospital- 9 am and 3 pm 3045 Baseline Rd

Addresses:

Additional information:How to book appointment:

  • You can find a clinic near you by using the vaccine clinic location tool on OttawaPublicHealth.ca/COVID19vaccine
  • 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:

  • First doses are available for any resident aged 12 years of age or older at the time of vaccination.
    • You must be 12 years old or older on the day of your appointment to book online. If you are currently 11 years old but are turning 12 years old soon and would be that age on the day of your vaccination then call 1-833-943-3900 to book an appointment.
  • Second doses are available for any resident aged 12 years of age or older who received their first dose of an mRNA vaccine at least 28 days before their appointment. Residents who received their first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine can receive an mRNA vaccine after 56 days.

Vaccine offered: 

  • Pfizer-BioNtech (age 12 or older) and/or Moderna (age 18 or older)

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 12 or older on the day of your appointment to get the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine
  • You must be 18 or older on the day of your appointment to get the Moderna vaccine
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.

Timelines for opening all community clinics will depend on vaccine supply and the remaining community clinics will be opened as supply increases. Once fully operational, these community clinics will operate from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., seven days a week and have the capacity to administer a total of nearly 11,000 immunizations per day.

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.

Mobile vaccine clinic request

Beginning July 22, 2021, Ottawa Public Health is expanding the way that residents can access the COVID-19 vaccine.  

Workplaces, community organizations, places of worship and other groups can now request a mobile vaccination team to administer first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on-site, at their own location. 

This program is intended to help reduce barriers for residents who have not yet received 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 12 years of age and older in Ottawa who wants the COVID-19 vaccine can get vaccinated.  

If you are a community organization, community leader, faith leader, or employer in Ottawa and have a group of people that may benefit from a mobile vaccination team coming to you, please reach out through the following ways: 

  • Call 613-691-5505 for assistance in completing the form.  

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. 

Bruyère vaccination clinic

The Bruyère vaccine clinic, in collaboration with Ottawa Public Health, has appointments available for residents of priority neighbourhoods and priority groups.

Appointments and individuals served: 

  • First and second dose appointments are available for those eligible.
  • People 12 years of age and older who live in an eligible neighbourhood.  Please visit Bruyere.org to verify eligibility and book your appointment. 

Vaccination offered: 

  • Moderna, Pfizer-BioNtech, AstraZeneca
Please note:
  • You must be 12 or older on the day of your appointment to get the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine

How to prepare for vaccination:

First Nations, Inuit and Métis clinics

Individuals served:

  • First Nations, Inuit and Métis community members who are aged 12 and older are currently eligible for vaccination.

You will be asked to provide proof of Indigenous identity/status. Examples include:

  • Status Card
  • Inuit Beneficiary Card
  • Métis Card
  • 60s Scoop Acceptance Letter

Vaccination offered: 

  • Pfizer-BioNtech (age 12 or older)
Please note:
  • You must be 12 or older on the day of your appointment to get the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine

Addresses:

Rideau High School 

815 St. Laurent Boulevard

How to book a first dose appointment for First Nations, Inuit and Métis community members:

Note: The last day for First Nation, Inuit and Métis community members aged 12 and older to receive a first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Wabano-OPH Vaccination Clinic at Rideau High School is Thursday, July 29. First Nation, Inuit and Métis community members who wish to receive their first or second dose of vaccine after Thursday, July 29 are encouraged to book an appointment online through the provincial booking system or by phone at 1-833-943-3900; at select pharmacies and/or at pop-up clinics in high priority neighbourhoods. Please use the vaccine clinic search tool to find a location near you.

Inuit community members can still book their first or second dose appointments for the vaccine  at the Akausivik Inuit Family Health Team clinic.

If you are age 12 or older and are First Nation, Inuit or Métis, or if you live with someone who is Indigenous AND if you have not yet had your first dose, you may call 613-691-5505 to book your first and second dose appointment at Rideau High School at 815 St. Laurent Boulevard.

Call 613-691-5505 to book an appointment

The phoneline will be open:

Monday to Friday             7:30 am to 6:00 pm

Saturday to Sunday         8:30 am to 4:00 pm

Booking first and second doses for Inuit:

Akausivik Inuit Family Health Team continues to provide vaccinations to Inuit community members at their clinic at 24 Selkirk Street. They are now offering first and second doses. Call 613-740-0999 to book your first or second dose.

Call 613-740-0999 to book an appointment

First Nations, Inuit and Métis Youth 12-15

First Nations, Inuit and Métis Youth 12-15 years old are eligible to receive their second dose of vaccine at a shortened interval of 28 days. To book a second dose, please call the OPH Booking Line at 613-691-5505.

Additional information: 

How do I rebook my second dose appointment?

The Province of Ontario announced that all First Nations, Inuit and Métis community members may get their second vaccine dose of COVID-19 vaccine sooner than 16 weeks. Ottawa Public Health (OPH) phoneline staff will call you to rebook your second dose appointment. They will start calling people on May 14, starting with those who got their first dose early on and will gradually work their way forward to those who got their first dose more recently. We are committed to reaching community members with second doses of the COVID vaccine as quickly and safely as possible. You may receive a text message or automated phone message from Ottawa Public Health with instructions or with details of your new appointment. NOTE: If you received your first vaccine dose prior to March 10, you may not be on the list for a phone call. If you received your first dose on or before March 10 and have not been called to book your second dose, please call the OPH phone line 613-691-5505.

Ottawa Public Health is partnering with Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health to provide a COVID-19 vaccination clinic for First Nation, Inuit and Métis community members.

Akausivik Inuit Family Health Team is providing vaccinations for Inuit.

How to prepare for vaccination:

How to cancel your appointment:

People who booked COVID-19 vaccine appointments with Ottawa Public Health by phone and who now wish to cancel can do so by calling 613-691-5505.

If vaccine appointments were booked through the Province, and if they have not yet received their first dose they may cancel their appointment by following the steps outlined in the confirmation email they received at the time they made their appointment. Otherwise, they may do-so by calling 1-833-943-3900. If appointments were booked through pharmacies or other health care providers, residents would need to cancel their appointment through them.

Vaccine in select pharmacies 

Looking for a second dose?

Individuals served:

  • People 12 years of age or older

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

Vaccination offered: 

  • Pfizer-BioNtech (age 12 or older) and/or Moderna (age 18 or older)
Please note:
  • You must be 12 or older on the day of your appointment to get the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine
  • You must be 18 or older on the day of your appointment to get the Moderna vaccine

Addresses:

  • Various locations
  • Enter your address in the search tool above and click the search button to find your nearest vaccine locations.

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.

Vaccination for people unable to leave their home because of a health condition or special needs
If I am unable to leave my home because of a health condition or special needs, can I receive my vaccine at home?
  • If you have a health condition or special needs that prevent you from visiting a local clinic, pharmacy, or your primary care provider to receive the COVID-19 vaccine - a team can come to your home to offer vaccination to you and to your caregiver.
  • Please call 613-691-5505 and choose option # 2, to request in-home vaccination.
  • A nurse will contact you to assess your eligibility and obtain more information to book a date and time.

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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 Canada?

COVID-19 Vaccine  Age range  Type 

Doses*

Recommended Interval

(time between doses)*

Potential allergen **

% Effectiveness against:

1) symptomatic illness,

2) hospitalization/death after 1 dose (source: NACI)

Pfizer BioNTech

12 years and older  mRNA 2 3 weeks polyethylene glycol (PEG)

1) 90-99%

2) 89%

Moderna

18 years and older   mRNA 4 weeks

polyethylene glycol (PEG)

 

tromethamine
(trometamol or Tris)

1) 60-99%

2) 100%

AstraZeneca 40 years and older Viral-vector  2 4-12 weeks Polysorbate-80

1) 50-70%

2) 88%

 Janssen 18 years and older Viral-vector  1  N/A Polysorbate-80  

1) 55-75%

2) N/A

* 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. Vaccine supply is currently limited. For this reason, NACI recommends that regions increase the number of people getting the first dose of vaccine. This can be done by increasing the interval between the first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccine, up to four months. 

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

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Have a question?

Read our frequently asked questions about COVID-19 vaccination.

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NEW:   Drop-in appointments now available for residents needing first dose

Beginning July 10, the City of Ottawa and Ottawa Public Health are making it easier for residents who have yet to receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Anyone who has not yet had a first dose can now drop in to any City-run  community clinic between 10 am and 7 pm or pop-up clinic (while supplies last).  No appointmentneeded.  You can find a clinic near you by using the vaccine clinic location tool on OttawaPublicHealth.ca/COVID19vaccine

While all clinics are offering drop-ins for first doses, second dose drop-ins will only take place at clinics that have enough supply. This will change daily. The list of locations will be updated daily on ottawapublichealth.ca(link is external) and on the City’s Facebook(link is external)Twitter(link is external) and Instagram(link is external) accounts.

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