Get a Vaccine

As of October 17, 2022, anyone 12 years of age or older that has completed their primary series of COVID-19 vaccinations, can receive a bivalent booster dose at a recommended interval of six months, or minimum interval of three months, after their last dose at a Regional Vaccination clinic, participating pharmacy, or doctor’s office across Waterloo Region.

The Ministry of Health recommends that priority groups receive their bivalent COVID-19 booster vaccine three months after their previous COVID-19 vaccination. For more information, please check When You Should Get a Booster Dose.

You can walk-in at select clinics or book an appointment at a Regional vaccination clinic through the Provincial COVID-19 Vaccination Portal using the blue button below, or by calling the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900 (TTY for people who are deaf, hearing-impaired or speech-impaired: 1-866-797-0007). Walk-ins at the Regional vaccination clinics are accepted as capacity allows. 

Please call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre if you are experiencing difficulties when booking an appointment online.

Starting November 1, individuals five years and older will only be offered a flu shot at a Regional vaccination clinic when receiving a COVID-19 vaccination during that same visit. Regional vaccination clinics are not offering flu shots to those who previously received a COVID-19 vaccination at a regional clinic during a separate visit. Individuals must be receiving a COVID-19 vaccine the same day to receive the flu shot.

Updated: November 18, 2022

Book a COVID-19 vaccine
on the Provincial COVID-19 Vaccination Portal

Regional Vaccination Clinics

The COVID-19 vaccine is free for everyone in Ontario. All residents are encouraged to get the number of doses they are recommended to receive as soon as they can to ensure maximum protection against COVID-19. 

COVID-19 Vaccine eligibility

Who is eligible for the first and second dose

Anyone who is six months and older is eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine

The Ministry of Health is recommending an interval of eight weeks between first and second doses. There is emerging evidence that longer intervals between the first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccines result in more robust and durable immune response and higher vaccine effectiveness.

If you received Moderna, Pfizer or AstraZeneca , or Novavax as your first dose, you may receive a second dose of Pfizer or Moderna eight weeks (56 days) after your first dose to complete the primary series, or as directed by your health-care provider.

Please note, in Ontario, the AstraZeneca vaccine is not available for first or second doses.

Those who do not wish to receive an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine series or booster can receive the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine via their Primary Care provider or local Pharmacy. The Novavax vaccine is a two-dose recombinant protein subunit vaccine authorized for adults 18 years of age and older. 

For some persons who are moderately to severely immunocompromised, the primary series is three doses to complete. See the below Immunocompromised specific drop-down menu for more information. 

Mixing vaccine types for the second dose

If you received an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) for your first dose, you can safely take either Moderna or Pfizer for your second dose for strong protection. Both Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are authorized for use in Canada and use a similar mRNA technology, so the vaccines are safe to mix. This is consistent with recommendations provided by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization and with practices within several provinces.

Who is eligible for a first booster dose (third dose)

Ages 5 – 11

  • May schedule a first booster (third dose) at a recommended interval of at least six months following their most recent dose 

For children ages 5-11 who are moderate to severely immunocompromised, please see our immunocompromised specific drop-down menu for more information.

Ages 12 – 17

  • May schedule a first booster (third dose) (Pfizer recommended) at a recommended interval of six months (168 days), or a minimum of three months (84 days), after a second dose
  • For immunocompromised youth please see our Immunocompromised specific drop-down menu

Ages 18+

  • May schedule their first booster appointment at a recommended interval of five months (140 days), or a minimum interval of three months (84 days) after their second dose

First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals, and Health care workers 16+ 

  • May receive a first booster dose (third dose) three months (84 days) after completion of their primary series 
  • May schedule a booster (third dose) appointment at a recommended interval of five months (140 days), or a minimum interval of three months (84 days) after a second dose

Mixing vaccine types for the third or booster dose

If you received an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) for your second dose, you can safely take either Moderna or Pfizer for your third dose for strong protection. Both Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are authorized for use in Canada and use a similar mRNA technology, so the vaccines are safe to mix. This is consistent with recommendations provided by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization and with practices within several provinces.

If you received AstraZeneca for your second dose, a booster dose of an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) is recommended.

Who is eligible for a second booster dose (fourth dose)

Ages 5 – 17

  • Not currently eligible to receive a second booster dose (fourth dose)

Ages 18+ 

  • May schedule a second booster (fourth dose) appointment at a recommended interval of five months (140 days), or a minimum interval of three months (84 days) after a first booster (third dose)

For those who are moderate to severely immunocompromised, please see our immunocompromised specific drop-down menu below for more information.

Who is eligible for a bivalent booster dose

As of October 17, 2022, any individual aged 12 years and older may receive a bivalent booster at a recommended interval of six months, or a minimum interval of three months (with informed consent), after their last dose.

Individuals at high risk for severe COVID-19 illness are recommended to get a bivalent booster dose after the minimum three-month interval, to ensure the best possible protection ahead of the respiratory season. This includes the following groups:

  • Age 65 years and older
  • First Nations, Métis and Inuit people, and non-indigenous members of their household who are 18 years and older
  • Residents of a long-term care home, retirement home or Elder Care Lodge
  • Individuals living in other congregate settings that provide assisted living and health services
  • Individuals 12 years of age or older with an underlying medical condition that places them at high risk of severe COVID-19
  • Individuals who are pregnant and are 18 years and older
  • Health care workers who provide direct care, including first responders 18 years and older

Please call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900 (TTY for people who are deaf, hearing-impaired or speech-impaired: 1-866-797-0007) to book an appointment if you are experiencing difficulties when booking it online or wish to receive the bivalent booster at the three month interval.

More information on COVID-19 vaccines, eligibilities, and how to schedule an appointment can be found on the Ontario Ministry of Health website.

Immunocompromised three dose primary series

A third dose may be administered as part of the primary series at a minimum of eight weeks (56 days) after the second dose for individuals six months of age or older with the following qualifying medical conditions:

  • Individuals receiving active treatment (e.g., chemotherapy, targeted therapies, immunotherapy) for a 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 two years of transplantation or taking immunosuppression therapy)
  • Receiving dialysis (hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis)
  • 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 CD22), high-dose systemic corticosteroids, alkylating agents, antimetabolites, or tumour-necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors and other biologic agents that are significantly immunosuppressive.

Eligible immunocompromised individuals aged:

  • 18 years and over should get a second booster (fifth dose) five months (140 days) after their first booster (or a minimum of three months or 84 days)
  • 12 to 17 years old should get a second booster (fifth dose) six months (168 days) after their first booster (or a minimum of three months or 84 days)
Can I receive a COVID-19 Vaccine after recently testing positive? 

If you’ve already had COVID 19, you should still be vaccinated for protection from reinfection or severe outcomes. While infection alone provides some protection, vaccination combined with infection helps further improve the immune response.

Even if you’ve recovered from COVID 19, you are not immune and can still get the virus, be contagious while not showing any symptoms, and spread it to others in your community.
If you have had COVID-19, you should wait the following intervals after symptom onset or a positive test before receiving your next dose:

  • If completing your primary series:
    • Two months (56 days) if you are not immunocompromised and have no history of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C)
    • One to two months (28 – 56 days) if you are immunocompromised but have no history of MIS-C
    • If you have a history of MIS-C, until clinical recovery has been achieved or up to 90 days since the onset, whichever is longer, regardless of immunocompromised status
  • If getting a booster dose:
    • At least three months (84 days); however, six months (168 days) may provide better immune response

Discuss the best timing for you with your primary care provider. It can depend on whether your next dose is part of your primary series or a booster dose and on your health status.

More information may be found on the Government of Ontario website.

What if I received a COVID-19 vaccine outside of Ontario? 
Individuals who have received a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine outside of Ontario need to report the vaccine dose prior to their next dose. 
Does my child require my consent before receiving the vaccine? 
For information about consent and children's vaccines, check our COVID-19 Vaccines for Children page. 

Pharmacies

There are many pharmacies in our region providing COVID-19 vaccines. Appointments are required. Please contact a participating pharmacy near you to book an appointment.

Vaccine type: Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech 

Pharmacies offering vaccines for children 2 - 5 years

Pharmacy NameAddress/Contact Information
Activa Pharmacy

192 Activa Avenue, Unit #7, Kitchener

519-954-4800

Courtland Pharmacy

1144 Courtland Avenue East, Kitchener

519-743-1484

Frederick Mall Pharmacy

385 Frederick Street, Kitchener

519-745-4700

Frederick Pharmasave

450 Frederick Street #200, Kitchener

226-647-2700

Lancaster Wellness

493 Lancaster Street West, Kitchener

519-745-4444

NorthPark Pharmacy

99 Northfield Drive East, Unit #100, Waterloo

519-885-7000

Parkway Pharmacy

509 Park Street, Waterloo

519-569-7347

Shoppers Drug Mart 720

115 Dundas Street North, Unit #1, Cambridge

519-623-5920

Sobeys Pharmacy #7218

 

450 Columbia Street West, Waterloo

 

519-880-9145

Primary care providers and specialists

For information on how to receive a COVID-19 vaccine from your primary care provider/specialist please contact their office directly.

Regional vaccination clinics

All vaccine types are available at Regional vaccination clinics.
Please note: As of November 1, at all Regional vaccination clinics, anyone aged five years and older will be offered a flu shot and COVID-19 vaccine during their visit.

Individuals aged five years and older can receive a COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as, or at any time before or after any other vaccines, including the flu shot. For more details, check When to Get the Flu Shot on the Ministry of Health website.

Individuals six months to under five years of age are recommended to wait at least 14 days between COVID-19 vaccines and non-COVID-19 vaccines, including the flu shot. For more details, check When to Get the Flu Shot on the Ministry of Health website.

30 Christopher Drive, Cambridge  - Accessibility and translation services available

Hours of operation (walk-ins, no appointments required)

  • Tuesday, December 6 from 1:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Monday, December 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 13 from 1:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Location details:

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Wheelchairs are offered by the site
  • Interpretation services offered – via telephone
  • Service dog friendly
  • Able to accommodate a separate room for a client

Address: 30 Christopher Drive, Cambridge, ON N1R 4R4 

99 Regina Street South, Waterloo - Accessibility and translation services available

Hours of operation (by appointment and accepting walk-ins as capacity allows)

  • Wednesday, December 7 from 1:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Friday, December 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 14 from 1:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Friday, December 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Location details:

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Wheelchairs are offered by the site
  • Interpretation services offered – via telephone and sometimes via video calling
  • Service dog friendly
  • Sensory safe rooms

Address: 99 Regina Street South, Waterloo, ON N2J 4V3 

Parking: Free parking is available at The Shops at Waterloo Town North or Station lots (2-hour limit). Limited street parking is also available outside of the building (30-minute limit). For parking information, please review the Uptown Waterloo Parking Map.

Anishnabeg Outreach    

Walk-in clinics for those who self-identify as First Nations, Métis and Inuit and their immediate household. Willing to have non-indigenous community members. 

Hours of operation:

  • Friday, December 9 from 9:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
  • Friday, December 16 from 9:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Address: 236 Woodhaven Road Kitchener, ON N2C 1V5

Wilmot Recreation Centre

Anyone six months and older is welcome to attend this clinic. Walk-in, no appointments required.

Hours of operation:

  • Tuesday, December 6 from 9:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
  • Monday, December 12 from 9:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Address: 1291 Nafziger Road, Baden, ON N3A 0C4

KidsAbility Waterloo

If your child 6 months to 17 years of age has severe needle anxiety, sensory needs, general anxiety, behavioural and/or other special needs, Region of Waterloo Public Health has partnered with KidsAbility to deliver a vaccination clinic that can provide your child with additional supports and special accommodations with a location in Waterloo.

This includes providing larger private immunization spaces in a sensory-friendly clinic with reduced noise, and reduced bright lights, as well as, longer appointment times.

Please use our KidsAbility Request Form to request an appointment at our Special Accommodation and Sensory-Safe Clinic.

Clinic dates (by appointment only):

  • Saturday, December 10 from 9:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 21 from 9:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 4 from 9:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Address: 500 Hallmark Drive, Waterloo, ON N2K 3P5

Please note: Those who complete the KidsAbility Request Form after available clinic dates have been fully booked, will be placed on a waiting list and contacted by Public Health when availability has opened.

If you need additional support scheduling an appointment you can contact Public health via email at PHECOVIDIMMS@regionofwaterloo.ca.

Libraries vaccination clinics

Kitchener Public Library

Kitchener Public Library - Main Library / Meeting Room C

Hours of operation (walk-in, no appointments required): 

  • Friday, December 9 from 9:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Address: 85 Queen Street North, Kitchener, ON

Waterloo Public Libraries

Waterloo Public Library - Main Library

Hours of operation (walk-in, no appointments required): 

  • Tuesday, December 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Friday, December 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Address: 35 Albert Street, Waterloo, ON N2L 5E2

 

Waterloo Public Library - Eastside Branch

Hours of operation (walk-in, no appointments required):

  • Currently no clinic dates available

Address: 2001 University Avenue East, Waterloo, ON N2K 4K4

  • Bring your Ontario health card or another piece of identification when you go to the vaccination clinic.
  • Accommodation of a support person may be provided to those requiring assistance.
  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19, do not attend the clinic. Please call 519-575-4400 and follow their instructions.

More options for getting a vaccine

Home-based COVID-19 vaccination program

Region of Waterloo Public Health has expanded criteria for home-based vaccination to include anyone having difficulty accessing the COVID-19 vaccine at a regional vaccination clinic, doctor’s office or pharmacy.

The expanded criteria includes situations like the following:

  • Individual is unable to leave their home for appointments due to physical limitations or health-related issues
  • Individual has missed mobile vaccination opportunities in their neighbourhood and would find it challenging to access the vaccine elsewhere
  • Individual experiences difficulty accessing transportation (includes people who live in remote areas)
  • Individual requires privacy or discretion for vaccination

These individuals can be referred to Public Health for the home-based vaccination program. Complete the Retirement Home and Homebound Vaccination Request form.

Vaccine type: Pfizer-BioNTech

Post secondary school clinics

GO VAXX bus

Learn at this link where and when GO-VAXX buses and mobile indoor vaccine clinics will be providing COVID‑19 vaccines.

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Report vaccine received outside of Ontario

The Province recently announced that proof of immunization is required to verify the COVID-19 vaccine product received outside of Ontario or Canada. Complete the form to report vaccines received outside of Ontario to Public Health.

Report vaccine received outside of Ontario form

Once you have submitted the form, Public Health will contact you to inform you that your health record has been updated.

Individuals with a green photo health card can log into Ontario’s portal to download or print your receipt. If you have received both vaccines outside of Ontario, and you do not have a green photo health card, you cannot obtain a vaccination receipt on the portal or from the Public Health Unit at this time.

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Transportation to get a vaccine

Accessible Transportation

Visit the Waterloo Wellington Healthline website for a list of public transportation services, community organizations, and private companies. 

Non-accessible and Volunteer Transportation

Visit the Waterloo Wellington Healthline website for a list of transportation services. 

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What to expect when you get a vaccine

  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19 do not get your vaccine.
  • Take your regular medication and eat your meals as usual (we recommend eating something before you come).
  • Wear a loose-fitting top or a t-shirt so the immunizer can easily access your arm.
  • Wear your mask or face covering. If you do not have one, one will be provided to you at the door.
  • Dress for the weather. You may have to wait in line.
  • Please plan for 30 minutes to an hour for your vaccination.
  • Bring your health card (OHIP) or any government-issued photo ID if you do not have a health card to confirm your appointment.
    • If you do not have a valid health card, please bring an alternate piece of identification. This can be anything that confirms your identity and has a number/code assigned to it.
  • Review the vaccine after care information sheet that tells you what to expect after vaccination.

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