COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 has put a tremendous strain on our local businesses, not-for-profits and nonprofits. On this page, we have outlined supports available. 


⚠ Ontario moved to its next phase of reopening on March 1, 2022. While the proof of vaccination is now no longer required for most indoor settings, businesses and other settings may choose to continue to require proof of vaccination. Ottawa Public Health will continue to share information to help you make informed decisions regarding activities and personal levels of risk in this changing environment.

⚠ With Ontario entering the Roadmap Exit Step under the Reopening Ontario Act, OPH has revoked its COVID-19 self-isolation section 22 class order as of March 1st. Please continue to follow provincial guidelines for isolation for those who have symptoms, test positive for COVID-19 or high-risk contacts.


Ontario Discontinuing Mandatory Masking in Public on March 21, 2022


Positivity rates have fallen and new admissions to hospital and ICU have been declining week over week, signalling that the Omicron peak is behind us.

Over the coming days and weeks, these trends are expected to continue, allowing the province to safely accelerate its timelines with a more balanced and long-term approach to Ontario’s pandemic response.

With continued improvement in trends, Ontario will remove the mandatory masking requirement for most settings on March 21, with the exception of select settings such as public transit, health care settings, long-term care homes and congregate care settings.

As a society, we must remain kind, considerate and respectful toward those who continue wearing a mask.

We must also expect indicators, such as cases and hospitalizations, to increase slightly as Ontarians increasingly interact with one another.

Our government has never hesitated to do what is necessary to protect the health and safety of Ontarians.

As always, the Chief Medical Officer of Health will continue to review data and provide advice to the government on the appropriate and effective public health and workplace safety measures that are needed to protect the health of Ontarians.

However, thanks to our high vaccination rates and natural immunity, as well as the arrival of antivirals, Ontario has the tools necessary to manage the impact of the virus.


Effective March 21: 

  • Masking requirements will be removed in most settings including: schools, restaurants and bars, gyms, movie theatres, shopping centres, etc. 
  • Remaining measures in schools including cohorts and on-site symptom screening are removed 
  • Remaining regulatory requirements for businesses are removed, including passive screening and having a COVID-19 safety plan.   


However, we must remain vigilant.

We still have a role to play to stop this virus.

The COVID-19 vaccine is our best defense and provides strong protection against serious illness.

Getting your vaccine

Which vaccines are approved in Canada?

COVID-19 Vaccine

Age range



Recommended Interval (time between doses)*

Potential allergen **

Pfizer BioNTech

Born in 2016 or earlier



8 weeks

polyethylene glycol (PEG)


18 years and older



8 weeks

polyethylene glycol (PEG)

(trometamol or Tris)


40 years and older



At least 8 weeks



18 years and older





COVID-19 Vaccine - What you need to know?



Who can receive first, second, third or fourth doses of the vaccine?

Who can receive their first dose?

  • Everyone aged five years 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 their second dose as soon as they are eligible to ensure maximum protection against COVID-19.

Who can receive their second dose? 

Second doses are available as follows: 

The optimal interval between the first and second dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine is 8 weeks. The optimal interval between the first and second dose of an AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is at least 8 weeks. 

Who can receive their third dose? 

The current surge driven by the highly transmissible Omicron variant, is increasing the likelihood most people will come in contact with someone who has COVID-19 and may become ill with the virus. Right now, vaccination and maintaining public health measures, like masking, avoiding gatherings, and staying home when sick, remain our strongest defense.

Third (booster doses) of the COVID-19 vaccine are being provided in an expedited way to protect more people in our community from severe illness and complications due to COVID-19.

Third doses (booster doses) of the COVID-19 vaccine are recommended for the following populations if at least 84 days (approximately three months) have passed since their last dose:

Individuals aged 18 and over (born in 2003 or earlier);
Individuals who received a complete series of a viral vector vaccine (two doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine or one dose of the Janssen vaccine); and
First Nation, Inuit and Métis community members (aged 12 and older) and their non-Indigenous household members.
Eligible residents can now drop-in to any Ottawa Public Health community clinic to receive their booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Residents may also 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 note 84 days (approximately three months) must have passed since your second dose before you receive your booster dose.

Who can receive their fourth Dose?

You can get a fourth dose of an mRNA vaccine three months (84 days) after your third dose if you are a resident of a:

  • long-term care home
  • retirement homes
  • elder care lodge
  • other congregate setting that provide assisted-living and health services

Public health units will work with the homes who will offer fourth doses on-site within your home or make arrangements for a visit from a mobile clinic.

Some individuals who are immunocompromised can get a fourth dose (booster) three months (84 days) after completion of the three-dose primary series.


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.


Drop ins are welcome at all community clinics to everyone eligible for a first dose, second dose and booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. We have lots of availability!


Community clinic 


Hours of operation

University of Ottawa - Minto Sports Complex

801 King Edward Avenue

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

JH Putman School

2051 Bel-Air Drive

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

Eva James Memorial Centre

65 Stonehaven Drive

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

Orleans Ruddy Family YMCA-YWCA

265 Centrum Boulevard

  • Tuesday to Thursday: 12:45 pm to 7:10 pm
  • 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.

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.


COVID-19 vaccination for children five to 11 years old has started in Ottawa

Everyone aged five years or older at the time of their appointment is currently eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. For the latest news, visit our new COVID-19 vaccination and children five to 11 years old web page.

To support children's access to the vaccine, most appointments available through Ottawa Public Health will be protected in the booking system for five to 11-year-olds. Additionally, our recommendation is to book an appointment for each child or family member who is eligible for a vaccine. Anyone who does not have a scheduled appointment will be considered a drop-in. If members of the same family have appointments at different times, on the same day or on different days, they can all be vaccinated together at the time of the earliest appointment.


Will children aged five to 11 be vaccinated without parent or guardian consent?

Consent by a parent or guardian will be required for COVID-19 vaccination for children aged five to 11 at all OPH clinics. Children will not be vaccinated if their parent or guardian are not present. If a parent or legal guardian can not attend the child’s appointment with the child, in person, they have the option of filling out the online COVID-19 Vaccine Children/ Youth consent form.

The parent/legal guardian will need to print the entire form, review it and sign it. The parent/legal guardian must write their phone number on the consent form where it states “parent/legal guardian phone”. 

The signed paper consent form must be brought to the appointment with the child. The parent/legal guardian must be available for a phone call from the OPH clinic staff to verify the consent form.  Please read the COVID-19 Vaccine Information Sheet: For Children (age five to 11) before the child’s appointment. 


Why should Children get Vaccinated?

Children account for about 13% of the total confirmed COVID-19 cases reported in Ontario and makeup about 19% of Ontario’s population. The most common way children become infected is through close contact with a confirmed case.COVID-19 affects children differently than adults. There is a lower percentage of COVID-related hospitalizations, ICU admissions, deaths, and severe complications/outcomes with children.

The impact of COVID-19 infection may be lesser, but the mental impact on children has been shown to be very significant. COVID-19 has resulted in a loss of in-person school and reduced social interactions with peers meaning increased stress and negative mental health for children. 

Vaccination is a means to ensure children can continue their routines of daily life and not miss out on important things.


After-school COVID-19 vaccination clinics


Date and hours of operation



March 5, 2022

10 am to 3:30 pm

D. Roy Kennedy Public School

919 Woodroffe Avenue

March 8, 2022

3 pm to 7:30 pm

Heritage Public School

1375 Colonial Road

March 9, 2022

3:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Charles H. Hulse Public School

2605 Alta Vista Dr

March 10, 2022

3:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Dr. F.J McDonald Catholic School

2860 Ahearn Avenue

March 12, 2022

10 am to 3:30 pm

Roberta Bondar Public School

159 Lorry Greenberg Drive