Page last updated: June 10, 2021
When and where can I get vaccinated?
Visit our Bookings and Eligibility page to find out if you are eligible and book an appointment, or pre-register if you are not yet eligible.
Are COVID-19 vaccines safe?
The COVID-19 vaccines that have been approved in Canada have undergone the protocols of various levels of trials, following scientific processes and due diligence. All safety protocols have been followed and there have been no compromises in making the vaccine available to the general public. Vaccines are safe, effective and the best way to protect you and those around you from serious illnesses like COVID-19. Vaccines that have been approved in Canada include:
- Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine
- Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine
- AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine (Ontario has paused the administration of this vaccine for first doses out of an abundance of caution due to an observed increase in the rare blood clotting condition.
- Individuals may receive second doses of AstraZeneca with informed consent.
- Vaccine information is available for individuals who received a first dose of AstraZeneca.
- The Janssen (Johnson & Johnson, J&J) COVID-19 Vaccine
Is the COVID-19 Vaccine Safe for Kids? – Ontario’s pediatricians answer frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine
Only vaccines that are proven safe, effective, and of high quality will be approved for use in Canada. Learn about the safety of COVID-19 vaccines, and vaccine authorization updates from the Government of Canada.
Why should I get vaccinated?
Vaccines provide immunity and protect us, and our communities from contracting and spreading illness.
It is critical to get the COVID-19 vaccine, when your turn comes, so that you can protect yourself, your family, friends, and community from the infection. Widespread vaccination is essential to improve community immunity and end the pandemic. Even if you are not concerned about the virus, getting vaccinated will help stop the spread and protect those you love, who may be more vulnerable to severe illness or death.
While the COVID-19 vaccines have been developed in a short time frame they have undergone the protocols of various levels of trials, following scientific processes and due diligence. All safety protocols have been followed and there have been no compromises in making the vaccine available to the general public.
For more information, review the Facts About Vaccines, from Health Canada.
Should I be concerned about potential side effects?
Potential side effects of COVID-19 vaccines include mild reactions such as headache, fever, fatigue or pain at the injection site.
On May 11, the province announced a pause in the rollout and administration of first doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine. This decision was made out of an abundance of caution due to an observed increase in the rare blood clotting condition, known as vaccine-induced immune thrombotic thrombocytopenia (VITT), linked to the AstraZeneca vaccine. The province is reviewing data in collaboration with health experts at Public Health Ontario, the Science Advisory Table and our federal, provincial and territorial partners, to consider options for the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine for second doses and more broadly moving forward. Data from the UK points to a much-reduced risk of VITT in second doses of AstraZeneca, and we look forward to receiving direction from the province regarding individuals waiting for their second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Those who received their first dose with the AstraZeneca vaccine did absolutely the right thing to prevent illness, and to protect their families, loved ones and communities.
When will it be my turn to get the vaccine?
Anyone ages 12 and over is now eligible for vaccine. Individuals who are eligible but do not yet have a first dose appointment or are eligible for an accelerated second dose may choose to register on our weekly standby list.
Did you get the AstraZeneca vaccine for your first vaccine dose?
|Individuals who received their first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine can choose to receive an mRNA vaccine for their second dose through the provincial booking system or return to the same place they received their first dose for a second AstraZeneca dose after a minimum of 12 weeks after the first dose.|
Are you Pregnant or Breastfeeding?
The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada (SOGC) supports the use of all available COVID-19 vaccines approved in Canada in any trimester of pregnancy and during breastfeeding if clients are eligible and no contraindications exist. Please see this HPEPH document on vaccination risks and benefits.
Are you a young person looking for information on COVID-19 vaccines?
Are you between the ages of 12 and 17 and looking for some information on COVID-19 vaccines? If so, please take a peek at the resources below. We hope to see all of you at a clinic soon.
Are you nervous about getting a vaccine? That is totally normal. This document has some great ideas for preparing for your appointment such as make sure you have a good meal before you attend and maybe bring a phone or book.
What about the accelerated second dose schedule?
- FAQ About Vaccines and Prioritization – HPEPH
- Vaccination Recommendations for Priority Populations (including pregnant and immunocompromised) – Ontario Ministry of Health
- Pregnancy Decision Toolkit – Ministry of Health
- Decision Aid for Getting a Vaccine – Canadian Rheumatology Association
- Health Care Worker Prioritization – Ontario Ministry of Health
- What You Need to Know About Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine – St. Michael’s Unity Health Toronto
- What You Need to Know About COVID-19 Vaccines – First Nations Health Authority
- COVID-19 Vaccines Factsheet – HPEPH
- COVID-19 Vaccines in Ontario – Ontario Ministry of Health
- COVID-19: How vaccines are developed – Public Health Agency of Canada
- What You Need to Know About the COVID-19 Vaccines for Canada – Health Canada
- COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Individuals that received a first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine/COVISHIELD vaccine – Ministry of Health
Please check back for regular updates as more details are available.