Get a vaccination

As of July 28, 2022, parents and caregivers of children aged six months to under five years are eligible to book appointments for the pediatric COVID-19 vaccine. Immunocompromised youth aged 12 to 17 can also schedule their second booster dose (fifth dose) if at least six months have passed since their first booster (fourth dose).

As of July 14, 2022, individuals aged 18+ are eligible to receive a second booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Second booster doses are being offered at a recommended interval of five months (140 days) after a first booster dose (or a minimum of three months or 84 days with informed consent). Learn more

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Get vaccinated and stay up-to-date

Up-to-date means a person has received all recommended COVID-19 vaccine doses, including any booster dose(s) for which they are eligible. The recommendations will be different depending on the person's age, health status, and which vaccines they have received.

What is considered "up-to-date" for COVID-19 vaccines will likely need to be modified over time based on availability of new vaccines in the future, potential changes in how the disease spreads or how sick it makes people, and as new data on additional booster doses becomes available.

Please note that vaccine recommendations and eligibility may vary from one province to another or from one country to another. In Canada, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) makes recommendations for the use of vaccines.

Who can receive which doses?

To receive your next dose of COVID-19 vaccine, enough time must have passed since your last dose. If you come to a clinic before enough time has passed, you will not be able to proceed with the appointment. Check our vaccine dose calculator before booking to be sure.

HPPH clinics can only provide vaccine in accordance with Ontario’s Publicly Funded Immunization Schedule and cannot accept notes from practitioners to make exceptions. Clients who do not meet eligibility criteria will be referred back to their healthcare provider. 

COVID-19 Vaccine Dose Eligibility
AgeEligible DosesRecommended & Minimum Intervals

6 months to under 5 years

2 doses
  • 2nd dose, 8 weeks after 1st dose (minimum 28 days)
5 to 11 years 2 doses
  • 2nd dose, 8 weeks after 1st dose (minimum 21 days)
12 to 17 years 2 doses
1 booster
  • 2nd dose, 8 weeks after 1st dose (minimum 21 days)
  • Booster dose, 6 months after 2nd dose (minimum 3 months)
18+ years 2 doses
2 boosters
  • 2nd dose, 8 weeks after 1st dose (minimum 21 days Pfizer BioNTech or 28 days Moderna)
  • Booster dose, 3 months after 2nd dose (minimum 3 months)
  • *NEW for age 18-59* second booster dose 5 months after previous booster dose (minimum 3 months)
Moderately to severely
immunocompromised
individuals ages 5+
(see page 7 of linked guidance)
3 doses
2 boosters
  • 2nd dose, 8 weeks after 1st dose (minimum 21 days Pfizer-BioNTech or 28 days Moderna)
  • 3rd dose, 2 months after 2nd dose (minimum 28 days)
  • Booster dose (if 12-17) 6 months or (if 18+) 3 months after 3rd dose (minimum 3 months for 12+)
  • *NEW for age 12-17* second booster dose (if 12-17) 6 months or (if 18+) 5 months after previous booster dose (minimum 3 months)

This table, based on current provincial eligibility directed by Ontario's Ministry of Health, as of July 21, 2022, outlines the eligibility of specific age groups for receiving specific COVID-19 vaccine doses.

For questions about eligibility or the timing of your next dose, please call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900 (open 7 days a week, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.) or speak with your health care provider.

Two-dose primary series and boosters

First and second doses

Everyone aged six months and older is eligible to receive a first and second dose of COVID-19 vaccine in Ontario. For most individuals, two doses of COVID-19 vaccine are needed to complete a primary series. An initial vaccine series, or primary series, is the number of vaccine doses needed to develop a strong initial immune response.

  • To receive a vaccine, children must be at least six months of age or older on the day of their appointment.
  • Children ages 5-11 can drop-in to any HPPH clinic for a vaccination (no appointment required). Vaccinations are also available at pharmacies; you can find the nearest location at COVID-19 pharmacy vaccine locations.

For individuals who are moderately to severely immunocompromised, a three-dose primary series is recommended. See "Immunocompromised individuals (three-dose primary series and boosters)" below for more information.

Please ensure the minimum time interval has passed between your first and second dose before booking your second dose appointment.

  • Use our dose calculator to find out when you can receive your second dose.
  • The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) strongly recommends an optimal interval of eight weeks between first and second doses of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series for all eligible age groups. This will provide you with increased and longer-lasting protection from the vaccine. Individuals who wish to get their second dose at the minimum interval (e.g. 28 days), as applicable, can continue to do so but with informed consent. Parents may also choose to get their child's second dose at the authorized interval (e.g. greater than 21 days) with informed consent. 
  • You are considered fully vaccinated once you have received two doses and it has been 14 days since your second dose.

Booster dose eligibility

A booster dose is an additional shot of vaccine that helps you maintain and lengthen your protection against COVID-19. All eligible individuals are strongly encouraged to get their booster dose as soon as possible to keep up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines.

First booster (third dose)

Ages 18+

Anyone aged 18 years and older is eligible to receive a first booster (third dose) if at least three months (84 days minimum) have passed since their second dose.

Ages 12-17

Individuals aged 12-17 years are eligible to receive a first booster (third dose) of an mRNA vaccine six months (168 days) after their last dose. With informed consent, they may receive their booster as early as three months (84 days) after their last dose.

For otherwise healthy adolescents aged 12-17, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) recommends a booster dose may be offered, but is considered off-label. A booster dose is strongly recommended for certain groups of 12-17 year-olds including:

  • Those with an underlying medical condition at high risk of severe illness due to COVID-19 (see NACI guidance for a list of conditions)
  • Those who live in a congregate setting (e.g., shelters, group homes, quarters for migrant workers, correctional facilities)
  • Those who belong to racialized and/or marginalized communities disproportionately affected by COVID-19 (e.g., Indigenous communities)

Children (ages five to 11)

A booster dose is not currently available for children aged five to 11.

Second booster (fourth dose)

Select individuals are eligible for a second booster (fourth dose) of COVID-19 vaccine in Ontario five months* (140 days) after their first booster, including:

  • Individuals aged 18+
  • First Nation, Inuit, Métis individuals and their non-Indigenous household members aged 18 and over
  • Residents of Long-Term Care and Retirement Homes, Elder Care Lodges, older adults living in congregate settings

Individuals with moderate to severe immunocompromising health conditions who received a three-dose primary series are also eligible for a second booster dose. A second booster dose for this group would be considered a fifth dose. See the section below on three-dose primary series and boosters to learn more.

*Note: Individuals may choose to receive their second booster as early as three months (84 days) after their first booster dose with informed consent. If you choose to receive your second booster at the minimum interval, please book this dose through the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900, or by calling the HPPH Booking Line at 1-833-753-2098.

For more information and a complete list of eligibility, see the Ministry of Health's website: Getting the COVID-19 vaccine

Immunocompromised individuals (three-dose primary series and boosters)

A three-dose primary series (meaning that three doses of COVID-19 vaccine are needed to complete an initial vaccination series) is recommended for moderately to severely immunocompromised individuals who may develop a sub-optimal immune response from a two-dose primary series.

If you believe you are eligible for a three-dose primary series and recommended booster doses, please contact your health care provider. When receiving your COVID-19 vaccine, please bring a completed referral form from your health care provider/specialist, or a relevant prescription or pharmacy record (e.g. medication list or packaging with your name on it). 

For more information on primary vaccine series vs. booster doses, see our frequently asked questions about COVID-19 vaccination: What is the difference between a “three-dose primary series” and a “booster dose”?.

Third dose eligibility (as part of a three-dose primary vaccine series)

Individuals (five years of age or older) with the following medical conditions, who are considered at most risk of serious illness, can get a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine two months (56 days) after their second dose to complete their primary COVID-19 vaccine series.

Please speak with your healthcare provider about your eligibility and optimal vaccine timing. Before receiving your vaccine, you will be required to provide documentation from your healthcare provider or asked to attest to your medical conditions that makes you eligible.

Those eligible for a third dose as part of a three-dose primary vaccine series include:

  • Individuals receiving active treatment (e.g., chemotherapy, targeted therapies immunotherapy) for solid tumour or hematologic malignancies
  • Recipients of solid-organ transplant and taking immunosuppressive therapy
  • Recipients of chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy or hematopoietic stem cell transplant (within 2 years of transplantation or taking immunosuppression therapy)
  • Individuals with moderate to severe primary immunodeficiency (e.g., DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • Individuals with Stage 3 or advanced untreated HIV infection and those with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome
  • Individuals receiving active treatment with the following categories of immunosuppressive therapies: anti-B cell therapies (monoclonal antibodies targeting CD19, CD20 and CD11), high-dose systemic corticosteroids, alkylating agents, antimetabolites, or tumor-necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors and other biologic agents that are significantly immunosuppressive
  • Individuals receiving dialysis (hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis)

For more information, see the Ministry of Health's COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Recommendations (a list of eligible immunosuppressive medications can be found under Table 3).

Please note:

  • Eligible individuals will need to call the HPPH Booking Line at 1-833-753-2098 to book an appointment for a fourth or fifth dose.
  • You will be asked when you arrive at the clinic for a note from your healthcare provider or specialist (you can use the same documentation from your third dose if you have it) OR a medication list (e.g., a pharmacy record or medication packaging with your name on it)
  • We recommend that you speak with your healthcare provider or specialist prior to coming to a clinic about the best time to receive your vaccine based on your medical treatment schedule.
First booster (fourth dose in three-dose primary series)

Eligible immunocompromised individuals aged 12 years or older can receive a first booster (fourth dose) after their third dose.

  • 12 to 17 years old can get a first booster (fourth dose) six months (168 days) after completion of the three-dose primary series.
  • 18 years and over can get a first booster (fourth dose) three months (84 days) after completion of the three-dose primary series.

A booster dose is not currently recommended for immunocompromised individuals under 12 years old.

Second booster (fifth dose in three-dose primary series)

A second booster (fifth dose) is recommended for eligible immunocompromised individuals who have completed a three-dose primary series and received their first booster dose.

  • *NEW Starting July 28* Immunocompromised youth ages 12 to 17 are eligible for a second booster dose (fifth dose) six months (168 days) after their first booster dose
  • Eligible immunocompromised individuals 18 years of age or older can receive a second booster dose (fifth dose) five months (140 days) after their first booster dose, or at a minimum of three months (84 days) after their first booster with informed consent

Check our vaccine dose calculator for the recommended date you will be eligible for your second booster.

For more information and complete eligibility, see the Ministry of Health's COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Recommendations.

Re-Vaccination with a new COVID-19 Primary Series for Specific Post-Transplantation Groups

The Province recommends re-vaccination with a new COVID-19 vaccine primary series post-transplantation for individuals who have received hematopoietic stem cell transplants (HSCT), hematopoietic cell transplants (HCT) (autologous or allogeneic), and recipients of CAR-T-cell therapy, due to the loss of immunity following therapy or transplant. Please speak with your healthcare provider to determine the optimal timing for re-immunization.

Vaccines available at HPPH clinics

Based on age-specific guidance, the following COVID-19 vaccines are available at HPPH clinics:

  • 6 months to under 5 years: Pediatric Moderna vaccine
  • 5-11 year olds: Pediatric Pfizer vaccine
  • 12-17 year olds: Adult formulation of Pfizer
  • 18-29 year olds: Pfizer recommended* (choice of Moderna or Novavax)
  • 30+ year olds: Pfizer, Moderna or Novavax

Pfizer and Moderna are interchangeable mRNA COVID-19 vaccines. Both vaccines provide strong protection against COVID-19 and its variants, and either may be used as a booster (regardless of which COVID-19 vaccine was used in the primary series). It is recommended you receive the first vaccine that is available to you.

*Note: For adults aged 18 to 29, getting the Pfizer vaccine is preferentially recommended to minimize myocarditis/pericarditis risk following vaccination, as advised by the Ontario Ministry of Health and National Advisory Committee on Immunization.

While not available at our regular clinics, you can book into an HPPH Novavax clinic to receive the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine. You must book an appointment for these clinics. For more information, please see: When can I get the Novavax vaccine?

The Medicago Covifenz COVID-19 vaccine was approved for use in people 18 to 64 years of age by Health Canada on February 24, 2022. This vaccine is not yet available at HPPH clinics. HPPH is waiting for more information about the availability and use of the Medicago vaccine and will provide an update as more information becomes available.

Learn more about each of the approved COVID-19 vaccines on our About the vaccine page.

Timing with other vaccinations

For individuals 5 years of age and over, COVID-19 vaccines can be given at the same time or any time before or after another non-COVID-19 vaccine (e.g. the influenza vaccine).

For children 6 months to 5 years of age, NACI currently recommends that they wait 14 days before or after the administration of another vaccine before getting their COVID-19 vaccine as a precautionary measure.

Who should get a second booster dose?

Individuals who are at higher risk of severe disease from COVID-19 infection are strongly recommended to receive a second booster dose as soon as they are eligible. This includes:

  • Individuals 60 years of age and older
  • First Nation, Inuit and Métis individuals, and their non-Indigenous household members (18 years of age and older)
  • Residents of a long-term care home, retirement home, or Elder Care Lodge and older adults living in other congregate settings that provide assisted living and health services
  • Moderately or severely immunocompromised individuals (12 years of age and older)

Otherwise healthy adults between the ages of 18 to 59 are eligible for a second booster dose and may choose to receive one five months or 140 days (or a minimum of three months with informed consent) after their first booster dose. Assess your risk of COVID-19 and speak with your healthcare provider about the best time to receive your second booster.

For more information, see: COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Recommendations.

I've recently recovered from COVID-19. When can I get my vaccine?

Vaccination continues to be recommended for those who have had previous COVID-19 infections (see "Why should I get vaccinated/get a booster dose if I already had COVID-19 recently and have some natural immunity?" to learn more).

The below intervals are a guide and clinical discretion, including a risk/benefit discussion with your healthcare provider, may be considered. 

The Ministry of Health, Public Health Ontario (PHO) and NACI are closely following the research on additional doses and recommendations are reviewed as new data emerges.

Getting a booster after COVID-19 infection:

  • Individuals 12 years of age and older, infected with COVID-19 after their primary series (2 doses of mRNA vaccine) but before their booster dose, are recommended to receive their booster dose 3 months after symptom onset or positive test (if asymptomatic).
    • Note: A previous infection with SARS-CoV-2 is defined as testing positive for COVID-19 (PCR or rapid antigen test), or being symptomatic AND a household contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case.
  • Waiting 3 months after a COVID-19 infection is recommended for 12-17 year olds as well, provided it is at least 6 months from completing the primary series.

Getting a 1st or 2nd dose after COVID-19 infection:

  • If you had COVID-19 before receiving your first or second COVID-19 vaccine dose, it is suggested you receive your first/second dose 8 weeks after symptom onset or positive test (if asymptomatic).
  • If you are moderately to severely immunocompromised, it is suggested the vaccine be offered 4-8 weeks after symptom onset or positive test (if asymptomatic).
  • If you have a history of MIS-C, it is suggested to wait at least 90 days after recovery or onset of MIS-C (whichever is longer).

With informed consent, you may receive a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you are asymptomatic and have completed your isolation after being sick with COVD-19. However, longer intervals between infection and vaccination as recommended above may result in a better immune response.

For more information:

When can I get the Novavax vaccine?

HPPH has received a limited supply of Novavax Nuvaxovid, a protein-based COVID-19 vaccine. It is being offered only at special HPPH Novavax clinics, by appointment only. To book an appointment, please call the HPPH booking line at 1-833-753-2098.

Novavax Nuvaxovid has been approved by Health Canada for adults 18+ who:

  • Have not received any doses of the COVID-19 vaccine
  • Have allergies to mRNA vaccines or who are looking to receive a non-mRNA vaccine

Novavax Nuvaxovid is 90% effective in protecting against COVID-19 with a two dose series, 21 days apart. Common side effects include: pain and tenderness at the injection site, headache, muscle pain, fever and chills (similar to the other approved vaccines). If you have an allergy or contraindication to an mRNA vaccine, please speak with your healthcare provider before receiving your vaccine.

For more information about the vaccine, see: Novavax Nuvaxovid COVID-19 vaccine.

Where to get a vaccination in Huron Perth

Please note that while we are listing all local vaccination options on this page, HPPH is not the organizer of all of these opportunities. Please reach out directly to the organization providing vaccinations if you have any questions. 

Pharmacies
Select pharmacies across Ontario are offering vaccines. Visit the provincial COVID-19 pharmacy vaccine locations webpage for a full list. 
Primary Care
Some area primary care providers are offering vaccines to their patients. If your primary care provider (family doctor or nurse practitioner) is offering vaccines, you will need to book an appointment with them directly. 
HPPH Community Clinics

HPPH community vaccination clinics are available to all individuals eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. Please see below for a list of upcoming clinic dates and locations

  • All clinics offer a family-friendly environment, including distraction tools at each vaccinator station and options to be vaccinated in a semi-private tent.
  • Accommodations are available at all HPPH clinics and can be arranged by calling our booking line at 1-833-753-2098.
  • In the event of inclement weather, clinics may be cancelled. We will announce a clinic cancellation publicly. Please check local media, the HPPH website, HPPH Facebook or Twitter account for news of clinic cancellations.

Community clinic dates and locations

Please see below for a list of upcoming clinic dates and locations. Unless noted as a walk-in only clinic, booked appointments are available for those who wish to schedule an appointment in advance.

PLEASE NOTE: Mask use will continue at HPPH community vaccination clinics. Our clinic staff will be masked, and we ask everyone who attends to also be masked. If you do not have a mask, one will be available at the clinic.

Upcoming clinic dates, locations, and times
DateWeekdayCommunityClinic locationClinic hoursClinic notes
August 9, 2022 Tuesday Stratford HPPH Stratford Office | 653 West Gore Street 9:30AM-4PM* FULL
August 9, 2022 Tuesday Stratford Stratford Rotary Complex (Community Centre entrance) | 353 McCarthy Road 12-6PM* Walk-in hours (ages 5+): 2:30-4:30PM
August 10, 2022 Wednesday Stratford
6 months to under 5 years ONLY
HPPH Stratford Office | 653 West Gore Street 12-6PM FULL
August 10, 2022 Wednesday Zurich Zurich Community Centre | 15 East Street 12-6PM* Walk-in hours (ages 5+): 2:30-4:30PM
August 11, 2022 Thursday Clinton HPPH Clinton Office | 77722B London Road 12-6PM* FULL
August 11, 2022 Thursday Stratford
6 months to under 5 years ONLY
HPPH Stratford Office | 653 West Gore Street 12-6PM  
August 12, 2022 Friday Clinton
6 months to under 5 years ONLY
HPPH Clinton Office | 77722B London Road 9:30AM-4PM  
August 12, 2022 Friday St. Marys Pyramid Recreation Centre | 317 James Street South 10AM-3:30PM* Walk-in hours (ages 5+): 11:30AM-2:30PM 
August 16, 2022 Tuesday Stratford Stratford Rotary Complex (Community Centre entrance) | 353 McCarthy Road 12-6PM*  
August 16, 2022 Tuesday Stratford
6 months to under 5 years ONLY
HPPH Stratford Office | 653 West Gore Street 9:30AM-4PM  
August 17, 2022 Wednesday Goderich Goderich Memorial Arena | 180 McDonald Street 2-6PM*  Walk-in hours (ages 5+): 2:30-4:30PM
August 18, 2022 Thursday Clinton
6 months to under 5 years ONLY
HPPH Clinton Office | 77722B London Road 9:30AM-4PM  
August 23, 2022 Tuesday  Stratford
6 months to under 5 years ONLY
HPPH Stratford Office | 653 West Gore Street 9:30AM-4PM  
August 23, 2022 Tuesday  Clinton HPPH Clinton Office | 77722B London Road 9:30AM-4PM*  
August 25, 2022 Thursday  Clinton
6 months to under 5 years ONLY
HPPH Clinton Office | 77722B London Road 12-6PM  
August 25, 2022 Thursday Stratford HPPH Stratford Office | 653 West Gore Street 12-6PM*   
August 30, 2022 Tuesday Clinton
6 months to under 5 years ONLY
HPPH Clinton Office | 77722B London Road 9:30AM-4PM  
August 30, 2022 Tuesday Stratford  HPPH Stratford Office | 653 West Gore Street 9:30AM-4PM*  
September 1, 2022 Thursday Clinton HPPH Clinton Office | 77722B London Road 9:30AM-4PM*  
September 1, 2022 Thursday Stratford
6 months to under 5 years ONLY
HPPH Stratford Office | 653 West Gore Street 9:30AM-4PM  

*Pregnant individuals and youth ages 5-11 can walk-in to this HPPH vaccination clinic for their COVID-19 vaccine

Please check back regularly as additional clinic dates are added. 

Book an appointment

Huron Perth Public Health is now using the Provincial Vaccine Booking System. Appointments can be booked:

  • Online
  • By calling the Provincial Vaccine Booking Line at 1-833-943-3900 (open 7 days a week, 8AM to 8PM), or
  • By calling the HPPH booking line at 1-833-753-2098 (open Monday-Friday 9AM to 3:30PM)

Book a vaccine

Booking system FAQs

For assistance using the online booking system, please review the following FAQs. If additional support is needed, see the Province's Help using the provincial COVID-19 vaccine online booking system webpage. 

How do I book an appointment if I have a red and white health card or no health card?
Please see the Province's Help using the provincial COVID-19 vaccine online system webpage for more information.
How do I cancel or change my appointment?

If you can no longer make it to your scheduled clinic time, please cancel your appointment to free up space for another eligible community member. Appointments made using the Provincial Vaccine Booking System can be cancelled online, by calling the Provincial Vaccine Booking Line at 1-833-943-3900, or by calling the HPPH booking line at 1-833-753-2098.

To rebook your appointment, visit https://covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine/. For further information or support, please call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre.

Why can’t I book a second appointment online for my 5-11 year-old before the 8-week interval?

The provincial online booking system will not allow you to book a second dose appointment before the recommended 8-week interval between first and second doses has passed. If you would like to book your child's second dose appointment before the 8-week interval, please call the Provincial Vaccine Booking Line at 1-833-943-3900, or the HPPH booking line at 1-833-753-2098.

I just tried booking an appointment online using the provincial system. Why did it redirect me to the HPPH website to book?

There are a lot of variables with the provincial online booking system where you may not be able to self-book. It could be because of:

  • Trying to book on a date that has not yet been added to the provincial system
  • Trying to book a booster dose for a 16 or 17-year-old healthcare worker
  • Trying to book a second pediatric appointment sooner than the recommended 8-week interval

If you are not able to make an appointment online using the provincial booking system, please call the Provincial Vaccine Booking Line at 1-833-943-3900, or the HPPH booking line at 1-833-753-2098.

I've received one or more doses outside of Ontario/Canada. How do I register my out-of-province doses and am I eligible for a booster?

If you have received one, two or three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine outside of the Province of Ontario, you must complete the COVID-19 Out-of-Province Dose Documentation form prior to booking an appointment for your next dose or to obtain your proof of vaccination certificate.

Individuals who have proof of immunization and have received a complete one or two-dose series of a COVID-19 vaccine that is not authorized for use by Health Canada will be offered one additional dose of an mRNA vaccine. The booster dose must be given at least 28 days (4 weeks) after your last dose. See the Ministry of Health's COVID-19 Guidance for Individuals Vaccinated outside of Ontario/Canada for more information.

Preparing for your appointment

For information on HPPH COVID-19 vaccine clinics, how to prepare, and what to expect when you arrive at a clinic, see our Preparing for your appointment page.