While the interval between first and second doses can be up to 16 weeks, Ontario is offering second dose appointments at an earlier interval of four weeks or later based on availability of vaccines.
The following is a schedule for eligibility to book a second dose appointment based on confirmed supply.
Link to provincial site: covid-19.ontario.ca/getting-your-second-dose
You can get your accelerated second dose according to the following schedule, as long as it’s been at least 28 days since your first dose. For AstraZeneca it needs to be 56 days, but this may change, visit covid-19.ontario.ca/getting-your-second-dose for the most current information.
- May 31: individuals aged 80+, aged 70 and over (in pharmacies or primary care settings only), and people who received their first dose on or before April 18 (in pharmacies or primary care settings only)
- June 7: individuals aged 70+
- June 7: individuals who received their first dose on or before April 18
- June 21: individuals who received their first dose on or before May 9
- Week June 28: All remaining Ontarians who have received their first dose (anyone who received their first dose on or after June 28 will be eligible to book an accelerated second dose)
- To be accelerated from August 9 and 16 (date to be confirmed) People aged 12 to 25
If your first dose was AstraZeneca
For your second dose you can choose to receive either:
- a second dose of AstraZeneca
- one of the mRNA vaccines (Pfizer or Moderna)
You can get a second dose of AstraZeneca:
- at least 8 weeks after your first dose with informed consent
- at a participating pharmacy or primary care setting
More information on AstraZeneca second dose at covid-19.ontario.ca/getting-your-second-dose
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.
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.
- Ottawa Public Health Pop-up clinics are accepting residents from all priority neighbourhoods
- To determine if you live in a priority neighbourhood
- 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.
For more information
Read Ottawa Public Health’s frequently asked questions about COVID-19 vaccination.
- “Hot spot” communities
- First Nation, Métis and Inuit populations
- Second doses
- Transportation to and from appointments
- Health cards
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