With two-thirds of the adult population having received at least one dose, Ontarians have been provided with a strong level of protection against COVID-19. Now, the province is accelerating second doses for all Ontarians. While the interval between first and second doses can be up to 16 weeks, Ontario will begin to offer second dose appointments at an earlier interval of four weeks or later based on availability of vaccines.
The following is an anticipated schedule for eligibility to book a second dose appointment based on confirmed supply.
- Week of May 31: Starting at 8 am on Monday, May 31, 2021, individuals 80 and above can reschedule their existing booking for an earlier date, subject to availability, online through the provincial booking system or by calling the provincial booking line at 1-833-943-3900. Individuals 80 and above without a planned second dose appointment will also be able to book a single second dose appointment through the provincial booking system starting on Monday.
- Week of June 7: individuals aged 70+ Link: More details
- Week of June 7: individuals who received their first dose between the week of March 8 to April 18, on a “first-in, first-out” basis. For example, this included individuals with the highest-risk health conditions and special education workers.
- Week of July 19: individuals who received their first dose between the week of April 19 to May 9, on a “first-in, first-out” basis. For example, this included individuals aged 50 and over, as well as individuals with high-risk health conditions.
- Week of August 2: individuals who received their first dose between the week of May 10 to May 30, on a “first-in, first-out” basis. For example, this included individuals who cannot work from home and individuals who have at-risk health conditions.
- Week of August 9 to 16: individuals aged 12 to 25
- Week of August 9: individuals who received their first dose from the week of May 31 onwards on a “first-in, first out” basis, respecting the recommended intervals.
Individuals who received their first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine from March 21 onwards areligible to receive a second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine from May 31 onwards at a 12-week interval, with appointment dates based on the timing of their first dose.
Priority clinic and booking for those vaccinated on March 5, 6 and 7, 2021
For individuals who received a first dose on March 5, 6 and 7, a second dose is required by June 26, 27 and 28, respectively. These individuals will be contacted for guaranteed access to an appointment within the standard second dose interval of 16 weeks.
A dedicated community clinic located at the Canterbury Recreation Complex, 2185 Arch Street, will be opened to accommodate these appointments. The Canterbury Recreation Complex was selected given its proximity to where many of these individuals received their first dose. Transportation assistance is available to those who need it.
These residents also have the option of booking their second dose sooner, should they be able to secure an earlier appointment at a community clinic, or through the pharmacy channel.
We encourage all residents to follow announcements on the City of Ottawa and Ottawa Public Health websites and social media channels for information on the vaccine rollout.
How can Ontarians book their second dose appointment?
Several different vaccination clinic options are available across Ontario’s public health regions, including mass immunization clinics, pop-up / mobile clinics, hospital clinics and pharmacy clinics. Not all clinic types are available in every region and depend on local planning done by each public health unit.
Second dose appointments can be rebooked through the provincial booking system, and through pharmacies. For those in public health units who use their own booking system, or who received their doses from their primary care provider or through a pop-up clinic, more information will follow on how and when second dose booking and rebooking will be available.
Second doses can also be booked (without a first appointment) in the provincial booking system.
Who is already eligible for an accelerated second dose?
Ontario has already begun offering second doses of COVID-19 vaccines at a shortened interval to certain groups, including high-risk health care workers, individuals with certain health conditions and First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals.
In addition, the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is being offered at an accelerated pace with a 10-week interval for individuals who received their first dose between March 10 to March 19, 2021. Acceleration of AstraZeneca second doses will proceed on a 12-week interval, with booking eligibility based on date of first dose.
Where to get vaccinated and how to book an appointment:
- For public health units using the provincial booking system: visit Ontario.ca/bookvaccine to book online or call the Provincial Vaccine Booking Line number at 1-833-943-3900.
Pop-up / mobile clinic
- Individuals may already have an appointment booked at the pop-up location where they received their first dose. Those who attended these clinics will also have the option of booking second doses at the community clinics, or at a pharmacy, or at another mobile clinic.
- Eligible individuals are encouraged to contact the pharmacy or primary care provider where they received their first dose. Primary care settings and pharmacies may also be reaching out to eligible Ontarians to accelerate appointments for second doses.
As an alternative to community clinics, more than 100 pharmacies across Ottawa are also receiving vaccines directly from the Province. Participating locations are available on Ontario.ca. Most pharmacies book appointments ahead of time and some allow walk-ins. Residents should check with the pharmacy directly.
Groups eligible for a shortened interval between doses:
Please note that all vaccines are given by appointment only. The Province of Ontario has announced that that highest-risk health care workers and individuals with the following conditions are eligible to receive their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine earlier than the extended four-month interval.
- Malignant hematologic disorders and non hematologic solid tumours receiving active treatment (letter from Champlain Regional Cancer Centre required)
- Organ transplant recipients
- Dialysis patients
- Indigenous residents and their household members
Please refer to the Ministry of Health’s Vaccine Clinical Advisory Group (VCAG) Recommendations on Exceptions to Extended Dose Intervals for COVID-19 vaccines document.
Vaccine appointment scheduled via pharmacies or primary care:
If you have received your first dose through a pharmacy or primary care provider and do not have an appointment for your second dose, you must contact them directly.
Vaccine appointment scheduled via provincial booking system:
Individuals who use the provincial booking system are asked to schedule their first and second doses when they make appointments.
For more information
- “Hot spot” communities
- First Nation, Métis and Inuit populations
- Second doses
- Transportation to and from appointments
- Health cards
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