Preparing for your appointment

Important information for HPPH COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics

Huron Perth Public Health now uses the Ontario Provincial Vaccine Appointment 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 (Monday-Friday, 9AM to 3:30PM)

Cancellation and rescheduling can be done on the provincial website or by calling the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900.

What you need to know before getting vaccinated

Consult with your healthcare provider before getting vaccinated if you:

  • Are on medications that weaken your immune system or have been diagnosed with an autoimmune condition
  • Have had an allergic reaction to a COVID-19 vaccine, any ingredients in the COVID-19 vaccines, or any other vaccine

Your healthcare provider will review the benefits and risks of your unique situation.

For children ages 5 to 11, the COVID-19 vaccine should not be given within 14 days of other vaccines (e.g. routine childhood immunizations, influenza immunization). See our Children ages 5 to 11 page for more information.

For individuals 12 years of age and older, COVID-19 vaccines can be given at the same time as, or any time before or after, other vaccines

Preparing for your appointment

To avoid delays, please complete your 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, not earlier. 
  • Bring your health card with you, if you have one, or another piece of identification.
  • Please bring a mask and wear a short-sleeved shirt.
  • Dress for the weather and bring water with you to stay hydrated; you may need to wait in line outside.
  • 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 you have been advised to self-isolate. Please reschedule your appointment for a later date.

Before your appointment, please read the following Ministry of Health resources:

Arriving at the clinic

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

  • Have you/your child's health card or another piece of identification ready
  • Masks must be worn upon entry into the building (unless a medical condition and/or disability inhibits)
  • 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
  • Please limit the amount of personal items you bring into the clinic
  • Physical distancing is required at the clinic
  • For children ages 5-11:
    • Make sure that consent forms are signed by a parent/legal guardian
    • The person accompanying your child to their appointment must also be able to answer the pre-screening questions on the last page of the Client Information Sheet (consent form) [PDF]
    • Think about bringing a fidget toy, headphones, etc. to keep your child relaxed at the clinic or distracted during the waiting time
    • All clinics offer a family-friendly environment, including distraction tools at each vaccinator station and options to be vaccinated in a semi-private tent
    • See our Children ages 5-11 webpage for more information on COVID-19 vaccinations for children ages 5-11, 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 40°C),
  • 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 of 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 still possible to come in contact with the COVID-19 virus and develop symptoms if you are fully vaccinated. If you become ill with any symptoms of COVID-19, even after receiving the vaccine, complete the Ontario Ministry of Health COVID-19 self-assessment for recommendations on what to do next. You may be required to self-isolate and seek testing if eligible.

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 to stay safe and prevent spreading infection to others. This includes washing your hands regularly, maintaining a safe physical distance, wearing a mask where required or when physical distancing may be difficult and staying home when sick. 

What to expect at a community vaccination clinic

Wondering what it's like to get your COVID-19 vaccination at one of our community clinics? This video shows you what to expect.

Vaccine clinic tour for children ages 5-11

Preparing your child for their vaccination appointment can help result in a more positive vaccination experience for both you and your child. If you/your child is wondering what to expect at their upcoming appointment, follow along on this tour of a typical vaccination clinic in Huron Perth:

Inclement weather

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 for news of clinic cancellation.