Get a vaccination

If you are at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19, it is recommended that you receive an additional dose of a COVID-19 vaccine this spring. 
If you are not at increased risk, it is not recommended that you receive a dose this spring. Further vaccine recommendations will be available closer to fall 2024.

At this time, HPPH is providing COVID-19 vaccinations only to those aged 11 years and under. Individuals aged 12 and older may receive their COVID-19 vaccination from a participating pharmacist or primary care provider.

For information about COVID-19 vaccines, please call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900 or visit the COVID-19 vaccines portal online. 

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Who can get vaccinated

In Ontario, COVID-19 vaccines are available at no cost to everyone aged six months and older, regardless of citizenship or immigration status. You do not need to have an Ontario health card. 

Getting vaccinated and staying up-to-date with your COVID-19 vaccinations is the best way to remain protected against the most severe outcomes of COVID-19 infection, including hospitalization and death. 

Vaccination may not always prevent symptomatic infection, but it will help reduce severity if a person does contract the virus. It also decreases the risk of developing post COVID-19 condition, also know as long COVID.

When you should get your next dose

Individuals who are at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 are recommended to receive an additional dose of COVID-19 vaccine this spring. It is recommended to receive a dose of vaccine if you are:

  • aged 65 years and older
  • a resident of a long-term care home or other congregate living setting for seniors
  • aged six months and older and are moderately to severely immunocompromised (due to underlying condition or treatment)
  • aged 55 years and older and identify as First Nations, Inuit or Metis, or your non-Indigenous household member aged 55 years and older

This additional vaccine dose can provide added protection that may have decreased over time for those at increased risk.

Individuals outside of these groups may choose to receive an additional dose if it is recommended from a healthcare provider OR they are starting or completing a primary series.

All other individuals are not currently recommended to receive a COVID-19 vaccine dose this spring and should wait until further recommendations are available closer to fall 2024.

Eligible individuals may receive a COVID-19 vaccine if it has been six months since their previous dose or confirmed COVID-19 infection. 

More information on vaccine doses and eligibility can be found on the provincial COVID-19 vaccines webpage. 

If you haven't had previous COVID-19 vaccinations

Infants and children aged six months to four years with no previous COVID-19 vaccinations may use a two- or three-dose series of an XBB formulation, depending on the product. Vaccine site administrators will advise the appropriate interval between doses.

People aged five years and older with no previous COVID-19 vaccinations only require one dose of an XBB formulation.

If you are immunocompromised

Individuals who are moderately to severely immunocompromised should get an additional dose of a COVID-19 vaccine this spring. This is particularly important for those who did not receive a dose in fall 2023.

The decision of when to receive COVID-19 vaccine doses may vary based on an individual's unique health status and personal situation. Individuals are encouraged to speak with their healthcare provider.

Contact your healthcare provider if you have received a hematopoietic stem cell transplant, hematopoietic cell transplant (autologous or allogeneic) or have had (CAR)-T-cell therapy after your COVID-19 vaccination(s). You may be recommended to be re-vaccinated due to loss of immunity following transplant or therapy.

For questions about eligibility or the timing of your next dose, please call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900 (open Monday to Friday, 8:30AM to 5PM excluding holidays) or speak with your healthcare provider.

Timing with other vaccinations
For individuals 6 months and older, COVID-19 vaccines may be given at the same time as, or at any time before or after, non-COVID-19 vaccines, with the exception of RSV vaccine, Imvamune (mpox vaccine) as well as tuberculin skin testing. 
Vaccines available at HPPH clinics

HPPH offers Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine products based on age-specific guidance. Pfizer and Moderna are interchangeable mRNA COVID-19 vaccines and provide strong protection against COVID-19 and its variants. 

To inquire about receiving Novavax Nuvaxovid, a protein-based COVID-19 vaccine, contact your local pharmacy.

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

Where to get a vaccination in Huron Perth

Please note that while we are listing 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. 


Select pharmacies across Ontario offer COVID-19 vaccines. They are listed at COVID-19 pharmacy vaccine locations.

Please note that HPPH is not responsible for updating this list and encourages you to contact the pharmacy directly to ensure availability of COVID-19 vaccine and appointments.

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

Proof of eligibility is not required at clinics. Starting in January 2024, HPPH will provide COVID-19 vaccinations only to those aged 11 years and under. 

Please see below for a list of upcoming clinic dates and locations.

  • All clinics offer a family-friendly environment, including options to be vaccinated in a semi-private area. Further accommodations are available and can be arranged at HPPH clinics.
  • In the event that a clinic needs to be cancelled, HPPH will announce the cancellation publicly. Please check local media, the HPPH website, HPPH Facebook or HPPH X/Twitter account for news of clinic cancellations.

Book an appointment at an HPPH Clinic

Huron Perth Public Health uses the Provincial Vaccine Booking System. Appointments can be booked:

  • Online through the provincial vaccine portal
  • By calling the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900 (open Monday to Friday, 8:30AM to 5PM excluding holidays)

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Community clinic dates and locations

At this time, HPPH is providing COVID-19 vaccinations only to those aged 11 years and under. 

Please see below for a list of upcoming clinic dates and locations. Book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment in advance. 

Masks are encouraged at clinics and will be available for clients. 

If you require accommodations, please make an appointment and then contact HPPH at 1-888-221-2133 so we can make arrangements with you.

Upcoming clinic dates, locations, and times
DateWeekdayCommunityClinic locationClinic hoursClinic notes
June 11 Tuesday Stratford HPPH West Gore site 2-4:30PM Ages 11 and under
July 19 Friday Clinton HPPH Clinton site 2-4:30PM Ages 11 and under

Booking system FAQs

For assistance using the online booking system, please review the following FAQs or visit the Province's Help using the provincial COVID-19 vaccine online booking system webpage. 

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 or by calling the Provincial Vaccine Booking Line at 1-833-943-3900.

To rebook your appointment, visit For further information or support, please call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre.

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 second appointment sooner than the recommended 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.

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 additional doses?

If you have received 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.

Preparing for your appointment

If possible, please complete the COVID-19 Client Information Sheet [PDF] (consent form) in advance and bring it with you to your appointment. There will also be copies available for you to fill out at the clinic. 

  • Please arrive at your scheduled appointment time
  • Bring your health card with you, if you have one, or another piece of identification
  • Wear a short-sleeved or loose-fitting shirt 
  • Do not attend the clinic if you are feeling unwell, have a fever or COVID-19 symptoms, are waiting for COVID-19 test results or have been advised to self-isolate. Please reschedule your appointment for a later date 
  • Nervous about getting needles? Use the CARD (Comfort, Ask, Relax, Distract) system to have a more positive vaccination experience
  • For more information about receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, please visit the Ministry of Health's webpage on COVID-19 vaccines.
Arriving at the clinic

Please note the following for when you arrive at the clinic: 

  • Have your/your child's health card or another piece of identification ready
  • You will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms and will not be allowed to attend if you are symptomatic
  • You will be asked to wait (5-15 minutes) after your vaccination
  • For children ages six months to 11 years: 
    • Make sure that consent forms are signed by a parent/legal guardian
    • The person accompanying the child to their appointment must be able to answer the pre-screening questions on the last page of the COVID-19 Client Information Sheet [PDF] (consent form) 
    • Think about bringing a favourite stuffy, fidget toy, headphones, etc. to keep your child relaxed at the clinic or distracted during the waiting time
    • Clinics offer a family-friendly environment, including options to be vaccinated in a semi-private area
    • See the provincial fact sheet COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Youth for more information on COVID-19 vaccination for this age group, including tips to help your child have a positive experience while getting their vaccine and what to expect after vaccination
After receiving your vaccine

Some common side effects that you may experience after your vaccination include: 

  • pain at the injection site, 
  • redness, swelling, 
  • tiredness,
  • headache,
  • enlarged lymph nodes, 
  • muscle or joint pain, 
  • chills, 
  • fever,
  • upset stomach, vomiting, or diarrhea.

Serious side effects are rare. However, if you develop any of the following signs or symptoms seek medical attention right away or call 9-1-1: 

  • hives, 
  • swelling of the face or mouth, 
  • difficulty breathing, 
  • very pale colour and serious drowsiness, 
  • high fever (over 40C), 
  • convulsions or seizures, 
  • or other serious symptoms (e.g. prolonged "pins and needles" or numbness) that could be an allergic reaction.

Seek medical attention if you develop chest pain, shortness or breath and/or palpitations (pounding or racing heart) after receiving the vaccine. If you are concerned about any reactions you experience after receiving the vaccine, contact your healthcare provider. 

It is possible to become infected with COVID-19 even if you are vaccinated. If you have any symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19, take the Ontario Ministry of Health COVID-19 self assessment for recommendations on what to do next. 

To help stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect others who may not be vaccinated or who are unable to be vaccinated, it is important to continue to follow infection prevention measures. This includes washing your hands regularly and staying home when sick. For more information visit Protection from COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses.