Who can get vaccinated

Everyone aged six months and older is eligible to receive a COVID‑19 vaccine.

Getting vaccinated and staying up to date with your COVID‑19 vaccines is the best way to protect yourself, your loved ones and our communities from severe outcomes from COVID‑19 and its variants.

If you do not have an Ontario health card, you are still eligible for the vaccine at no charge and can receive your vaccine certificate.

You may use another form of identification (photo identification is required if you are aged 18 or older) to support your name and date of birth. This can done be through a combination of identification, such as a driver’s licence, passport, a piece of registered mail, pay stub, student card, library card or government issued identification from other jurisdictions, including foreign and expired government documents.

Where to get vaccinated

Eligible individuals aged six months and older can book an appointment through:

  • the COVID‑19 vaccination portal
  • the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at  1-833-943-3900 (TTY for people who are deaf, hearing-impaired or speech-impaired: 1-866-797-0007)
  • public health units using their own booking system
  • participating primary care providers
  • participating pharmacies
  • Indigenous-led vaccination clinics
  • the GO-VAXX bus (for ages five and older)
  • hospital clinics (for ages five and older, visit your local hospital or public health unit for booking details, if available in your region)
  • mobile or pop-up clinics (for ages five and older, visit your local public health unit website for details, if available in your region)

Public health units may also offer additional options for vaccination for children aged six months to under five years old, such as walk-in clinics, which will not be on the COVID‑19 vaccination portal. For information on local options, please visit your local public health unit website.

For all vaccine doses, eligibility is defined by age. Individuals must be that age or older on the day of their vaccination.

Indigenous-led clinics

If you identify as First Nations, Inuit or Métis, you can find information about vaccination or book an appointment to get your COVID‑19 vaccine through an Indigenous-led vaccination clinic.

Service areaOrganizationBooking options
ProvincewideIndigenous Primary Health Care CouncilOnline: find your nearest Aboriginal Health Access Centre
Northern OntarioNishnawbe Aski NationOnline: find a list of urban community members vaccination clinics and booking information
Ottawa and surrounding regionsAkausivik Inuit Family Health Team

Online: find booking and eligibility information

Phone: 613-740-0999

OttawaOttawa Public Health and Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health

Phone: 613-691-5505

(Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and
weekends 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Thunder BayOntario Native Women’s Association, Mindimooyenh Vaccination Clinic

Online: complete the online registration form

Phone: 807-697-1753

Toronto and surrounding areasAuduzhe, Anishnawbe Health Toronto and partnered clinics

Online: find a list of clinics and booking information

Phone: 437-703-8703

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When you should consult your doctor before getting the vaccine

Contact your doctor or health care provider if you have questions about getting the vaccine or if the person getting vaccinated:

  • is immunocompromised due to disease or treatment (to discuss optimal timing for vaccination)
  • has had a severe allergic reaction after a COVID‑19 vaccination or have an allergy to a component of the COVID‑19 vaccine

Read the Canadian Immunization Guide for more information.

Vaccine doses

COVID‑19 vaccination includes primary series and booster doses.

Primary series

A primary series is the initial number of doses of a COVID‑19 vaccine that a person needs to develop a strong initial immune response. Most people need two doses of an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna) or Novavax (for those over 18 years of age) to complete their primary series. If you are immunocompromised, you may need a three-dose primary series.

Each dose in a primary series should be given at an interval of eight weeks between doses.

Booster doses

Booster doses are doses of a COVID‑19 vaccine received after the primary series. Protection after a primary series may decrease over time, especially against new variants. Booster doses help keep you protected from severe outcomes from the virus.

Booster doses should be given at an interval of six months between completion of a primary series and a first booster dose or between booster doses.

The recommended intervals between doses above are in accordance with National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) recommendations. They are based on evidence that suggests longer intervals between doses result in a stronger immune response and higher vaccine effectiveness that is expected to last longer. These intervals may also be associated with a lower risk of myocarditis and/or pericarditis and may also result in a better response after the next dose.

Learn more about which vaccine you can get.

Bivalent vaccines

Health Canada has approved COVID-19 bivalent vaccines for booster doses, which target both the original COVID-19 virus and the most recently circulating COVID-19 variants. Since the bivalent vaccine is being offered as a booster dose, those who receive it must have already completed a primary series. Booster doses will be offered at a recommended interval of six months, or a minimum interval of three months, since the last dose received. To book an appointment at a three-month interval, please call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900.

As of 8:00 a.m. on Monday, September 12, everyone aged 18 and over can begin to schedule their bivalent booster appointment for any time on or after September 26.

Prior to September 26, the province will be offering bivalent COVID‑19 boosters to the most vulnerable populations, including:

  • individuals aged 70 and older
  • First Nation, Inuit and Métis individuals or non-Indigenous household members aged 18 and older
  • residents of a long-term care home, retirement home, or Elder Care Lodge or individuals living in other congregate settings that provide assisted-living and health services
  • moderately to severely immunocompromised individuals aged 12 years and older
  • pregnant individuals aged 18 years and older
  • health care workers aged 18 years and older

Pregnant women and health care workers who live in a public health unit that uses the provincial booking system must call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900 (TTY: 1-866-797-0007) or book booster doses through participating pharmacies for appointment dates between from September 12 to 25. Appointments for these individuals can be booked through the online COVID‑19 vaccination portal for dates on or after September 26.

Long-term care, retirement home and Elder Care Lodge residents may receive their bivalent booster dose directly through the congregate home where they live.

Starting on Monday, September 26, all individuals aged 18 and over with booster dose appointments will receive the bivalent vaccine. All booster dose bookings from September 12 to 25 that were booked before September 12 will be honoured and, if available, the bivalent vaccine will be offered for those who already have an appointment scheduled.

Individuals are encouraged to keep checking booking sites as new appointments continue to be added.

Read the news release to learn more.

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Ages six months to under five years

Children aged six months to under five years can get their primary series. A booster dose is not approved for this age group.

Learn more about COVID‑19 vaccines for children and youth.

Ages five to 17

Children and youth can receive their primary series followed by their booster doses at a recommended interval of six months since their previous dose.

Children aged five to 17 who are immunocompromised or have an underlying medical condition that places them at high risk of severe illness due to COVID‑19 should receive their booster doses.

Ages 18 and older

Individuals aged 18 and older can receive their primary series followed by a bivalent booster dose at a recommended interval of six months since their previous dose (with a minimum of three months).

High-risk individuals should get their next booster dose as soon as they are eligible, including:

  • those aged 70 and older
  • First Nation, Inuit and Métis individuals aged 18 and older and their non-Indigenous household members aged 18 and older
  • residents of a long-term care home, retirement home, or Elder Care Lodge or older adults living in other congregate settings that provide assisted-living and health services
  • moderately to severely immunocompromised individuals aged 12 and older
  • pregnant women

Individuals who are immunocompromised

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. This includes eligible children aged six months to 11 years old.

Following their three-dose primary series, immunocompromised individuals aged 12 years and older should receive bivalent booster doses at a recommended interval of six months since their previous dose.

Who is considered immunocompromised

You might be eligible as someone who is immunocompromised if you are:

  • a transplant recipient (including solid organ transplant and hematopoietic stem cell transplants)
  • receiving stable, active treatment (chemotherapy, targeted therapies, immunotherapy) for a malignant hematologic disorder or solid tumor
  • in receipt of chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-T-cell
  • an individual with moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (for example, DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • in Stage 3 or advanced untreated HIV infection and those with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome
  • 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 (PDF)
  • receiving dialysis (hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis)

Contact your health care provider if you have received a hematopoietic stem cell transplant, hematopoietic cell transplant (autologous or allogeneic) or have had CAR-T cell therapy after your COVID‑19 vaccination. You may be recommended to be re-vaccinated due to loss of immunity following therapy or transplant.

Learn more about which vaccine you can get.

If you’ve had COVID‑19

If you’ve already had COVID‑19, you should still be vaccinated for protection from reinfection or severe outcomes. While infection alone provides some protection, vaccination combined with infection helps further improve the immune response.

Even if you’ve recovered from COVID‑19, you are not immune and can still get the virus, be contagious while not showing any symptoms, and spread it to others in your community.

You may receive a COVID‑19 vaccine as soon as you stop experiencing symptoms. However, a longer amount of time between infection and vaccination may result in a better immune response.

If you have had COVID‑19, you should wait the following intervals after symptom onset or a positive test (if you had no symptoms) before receiving your next dose:

  • If completing your primary series:
    • two months (56 days) if you are not immunocompromised and have no history of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C)
    • one to two months (28 – 56 days) if you are immunocompromised but have no history of MIS-C
    • if you have a history of MIS-C, until clinical recovery has been achieved or up to 90 days since the onset, whichever is longer, regardless of immunocompromised status
  • If getting a booster dose:
    • at least three months (84 days); however, six months (168 days) may provide better immune response

Discuss the best timing for you with a health care provider. It can depend on the number of doses you have received and your health status.

If you were vaccinated out of Ontario

If you received a COVID‑19 vaccine outside of Ontario or Canada, you should register your vaccination(s) by contacting your local public health unit.

You must provide proof, such as an immunization record, to your public health unit to be registered. The public health unit may ask for additional proof of vaccination, such as clinic or pharmacy information or travel documents such as a boarding pass.

If you applied to have your out of province vaccination(s) registered with your public health unit and are waiting to have it registered, you can call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900 to book your next vaccine appointment if you fit all of these criteria:

  • you have an Ontario health card or COVID ID (a unique number assigned to you by your public health unit in place of an Ontario health card number)
  • your public health unit uses the provincial booking system
  • you can bring your out of province vaccination receipts to your vaccination appointment for validation

You had a vaccine not authorized by Health Canada

If you received a COVID‑19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada, please contact your public health unit to find out if you need additional doses.

For more information, read the recommendations for people vaccinated with vaccines not authorized by Health Canada.

If you received a Health Canada authorized vaccine, you only have to provide proof of vaccination to your public health unit. No other action is needed.

Why you should register your vaccination

If you get any COVID‑19 vaccines outside of Ontario, you should register them so you can:

Vaccine types

Only vaccines that Health Canada has approved and determined to be safe and effective will be administered in Ontario.

All vaccine options:

  • are safe and available in Ontario
  • can be safely mixed for individuals aged five and older
  • provide strong protection against severe illness from COVID‑19 and its variants

Vaccines authorized in Ontario include:

  • mRNA vaccines:
    • Pfizer – available for ages five and older
      • primary series (original vaccine): recommended for individuals ages five to 29 years to reduce possible risk of myocarditis/pericarditis
      • booster doses (original vaccine): recommended for individuals aged five to 11 years, as it is the only Health Canada approved vaccine for individuals in this age group
      • booster doses (bivalent vaccine): not yet Health Canada authorized
    • Moderna – available for ages six months and older
      • primary series (original vaccine): recommended for individuals ages six months to under five years, as it is the only Health Canada authorized booster dose for this age group
      • booster doses (bivalent vaccine): recommended for individuals aged 18 years and older
  • protein-based vaccines:
    • Novavax – available upon request, or if you have an allergy or contraindication to mRNA vaccines (Pfizer or Moderna), with requests made through your public health unit, health care provider or  participating pharmacy
  • virus-like particle vaccines:
    • Medicago – authorized for ages 18 to 64 years (not available for administration in Ontario)
  • viral vector-based vaccines:
    • AstraZeneca – authorized for ages 18 and older (no longer available in Ontario)
    • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) – available if you have an allergy or contraindication to all other vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna and Novavax), with requests made through your public health unit, health care provider or local participating pharmacy; only one dose is required, with a booster shot recommended after three months

Learn more about the vaccines from Health Canada.

Vaccines for children and youth

Vaccines are safe, effective, and are the best way to stay protected from COVID‑19 and its variants. They are an important tool to help prevent serious illness and support the overall health and wellbeing of our children and communities.

Health Canada has approved COVID‑19 vaccines for use in children aged six months and older and determined that these vaccines:

  • are safe, effective and manufactured with rigorous quality control and assurance
  • show a strong immune response and prepare the immune system to fight against COVID‑19 and its variants
  • significantly decrease the risk of severe outcomes from COVID‑19 infection
  • significantly decrease the risk of longer-term illness from multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), a rare but serious condition that can occur in the weeks following COVID‑19 infection

It will not interfere with getting other vaccines

Children and youth who are not up to date on other vaccines can still receive a COVID‑19 vaccine.

If your child is behind on immunizations, we encourage you to contact their health care provider to get up to date.

Children between six months and under five years should wait 14 days before or after the administration of another vaccine before getting their COVID‑19 vaccine. Parents and caregivers should discuss vaccination with their health care provider to determine the best timing and approach for COVID‑19 vaccination.

Learn more about vaccines for children at school.

Get general vaccine information

It’s okay to still have questions about the vaccine. If you do, you can:

  • talk to your child’s family doctor, paediatrician or nurse practitioner
  • contact the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre to speak to an agent or health specialist at 1-833-943-3900 (TTY for people who are deaf, hearing-impaired or speech-impaired: 1-866-797-0007), available in more than 300 languages, seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • book a confidential appointment with a registered nurse through the SickKids COVID‑19 Vaccine Consult Service at www.sickkids.ca/vaccineconsult or 1-888-304-6558 (appointments are available in multiple languages)
  • book a phone appointment with the VaxFacts Clinic to speak with a trusted physician from the Scarborough Health Network at www.shn.ca/vaxfacts or 416-438-2911 ext. 5738 (available in over 200 languages)
  • learn more from SickKids about COVID‑19 vaccines for children and youth
  • download our fact sheet on COVID‑19 Vaccines for Children and Youth
  • contact your local public health unit

Help with the COVID‑19 vaccination portal or obtaining proof of vaccination

For help with booking an appointment using the COVID‑19 vaccination portal or obtaining proof of vaccination, call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900 (TTY for people who are deaf, hearing-impaired or speech-impaired: 1-866-797-0007).

Help over the phone is available 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., 7 days a week. You can get information in more than 300 languages.

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