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

Anyone five years of age or older that has completed their primary series of COVID-19 vaccinations, can receive a booster dose at an interval of six months after their last dose.

Individuals at high risk
 for severe COVID-19 illness can receive a booster dose after an interval of three months. Please contact your health care provider to discuss optimal timing for your next COVID-19 vaccination dose.

You can walk-in at select clinics or book an appointment through the Provincial COVID-19 Vaccination Portal, 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).

Updated: January 19, 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 COVID-19 vaccine first and second dose (primary series)?

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

A primary series is the initial number of doses of a COVID-19 vaccine that a person needs to develop a strong initial immune response. Most people need two doses of an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna) or Novavax (for those over 12 years of age) to complete their primary series.

Children who are under the age of 5 and individuals who are immunocompromised may need a three to four dose primary series.

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) recommends mRNA vaccines (Pfizer or Moderna) for both primary series and booster dose(s), with the preference of Pfizer for individuals aged 5 to 29.

It is recommended that infants and children under 5 years of age receive the same vaccine product for all primary series doses, using the vaccine that is correct for their age at the time of administration.

Individuals over the age of 5 may receive any combination of COVID-19 mRNA vaccines to complete their primary series.

Most individuals are recommended to receive a second dose at an interval of eight weeks (56 days) after their first dose to complete the primary series, or as directed by their health care provider. This recommendation is based on evidence that suggests longer intervals between first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccines result in a more robust and durable immune response and higher vaccine effectiveness.

Those who are not able to or 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 individuals 12 years of age and older. Please note that Public Health vaccine clinics do not administer this product. Contact Public Health via email at PHECOVIDIMMS@regionofwaterloo.ca to receive information on how to request the Novavax vaccine.

Please note: the AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson (Janssen), and Medicago Covifenz vaccines are not available for administration in Ontario.

For more information about the COVID-19 vaccine primary series, please refer to the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 Vaccine Guidance and COVID-19 Vaccines webpage.

Who is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine booster dose?

Booster doses are doses of a COVID-19 vaccine received after the primary series. Protection after a primary series may decrease over time, especially against new variants. Booster doses help keep you protected from severe outcomes from the virus.

Individuals aged five years and older can receive a booster dose of a mRNA COVID-19 vaccine. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) recommends mRNA vaccines (Pfizer or Moderna) for booster dose(s), with the preference of bivalent vaccines for booster doses due to their improved protection against emerging variants.

Eligibility for booster doses is based on the interval since your last dose, or following symptom onset or a positive test for a COVID-19 infection. Most individuals are recommended to receive a booster dose at an interval of six months following their last dose or COVID-19 infection. Find out when you should get your next dose by completing the booster dose eligibility checker.

Individuals at high risk for severe COVID-19 illness can receive a booster dose after the minimum three-month interval, with informed consent. Please contact your health care provider to discuss optimal timing for your next COVID-19 vaccination dose.

Individuals aged 18 years and older who are not able to or do not wish to receive a mRNA COVID-19 vaccine can receive the Novavax vaccine as a booster dose via their primary care provider or local pharmacy. Please note that Public Health vaccine clinics do not administer this product. Contact Public Health via email at PHECOVIDIMMS@regionofwaterloo.ca to receive information on how to request the Novavax vaccine.

Mixing vaccine types for the booster doses 

If you received an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) for your primary series, you can safely take either Moderna or Pfizer for your booster dose for strong protection. This is consistent with recommendations provided by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization and with practices within several provinces.

If you received AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson (Janssen), or Medicago Covifenz for your primary series, a booster dose of an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) is recommended.

For more information about COVID-19 vaccine booster doses, please refer to the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 Vaccine Guidance and COVID-19 Vaccines webpage.

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 Ministry of Health COVID-19 Vaccines website.

What if I received a COVID-19 vaccine outside of Ontario? 
Please visit Report a Vaccine Received Outside of Ontario to learn more about how to report vaccine doses.
Does my child require my consent before receiving the vaccine? 

There is no minimum age for giving consent under the Health Care Consent Act, 1996 of Ontario. If the individual is capable to provide informed consent, parental consent is not needed. Informed consent means that you understand what the vaccine involves, why it is recommended, and the risks and benefits of getting or not getting it.

If an individual is unable to provide informed consent to receive the vaccine (for example, for medical reasons), they will need consent from someone who can make a decision on their behalf, such as a parent or legal guardian. 

If an individual is under 12 years of age, they must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

For more 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

Please visit our COVID-19 Vaccine web page to learn more about the vaccines available at our Regional vaccination clinics. 

Please note: As of November 1, at all Regional vaccination clinics, anyone aged six months and older will be offered a flu shot and COVID-19 vaccine during their visit.

Individuals aged six months and older can receive a COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as, or at any time before or after any other vaccines with informed consent. For more details, check When to Get the Flu Shot on the Ministry of Health website.

If an individual is unable to provide informed consent to receive their vaccination, they will need consent from someone who can make a decision on their behalf, such as a parent or legal guardian. Individuals under 12 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at the time of their vaccination.

30 Christopher Drive, Cambridge  - Accessibility and translation services available

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

  • Monday, February 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Please note: clinic will be closed from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.)

  • Tuesday, February 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Wednesday, February 8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Saturday, February 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Monday, February 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Please note: clinic will be closed from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.)

  • Wednesday, February 15 from 1:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

  • Thursday, February 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Tuesday, February 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Saturday, February 25 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)

  • Friday, February 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

  • Saturday, February 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Tuesday, February 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Wednesday, February 8 from 1:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

  • Friday, February 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Saturday, February 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Saturday, February 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Wednesday, February 22 from 1:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

  • Friday, February 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 25 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, February 3 from 9:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

  • Friday, February 17 from 9:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Address: 236 Woodhaven Road Kitchener, ON N2C 1V5

Hespeler Memorial Arena - Optimist Room

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

Hours of operation:

  • Thursday, January 26 from 9:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Address: 640 Ellis Road, Cambridge, ON N3C 4N1

Preston Auditorium - Boardroom

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

Hours of operation:

  • Friday, January 27 from 9:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Address: 1458 Hamilton Street, Cambridge, ON N3H 3G5

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, February 4 from 9:15 a.m. to 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.

Wellesley Community Centre

Walk-in, no appointments required.

Hours of operation:

  • Thursday, February 9 from 9:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Address: 1000 Maple Leaf St, Wellesley, ON, N0B 2T0

Libraries vaccination clinics

Kitchener Public Library

Kitchener Public Library - Main Library / Meeting Room C

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

Hours of operation: 

  • Tuesday, February 14 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

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

Hours of operation: 

  • Friday, February 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Friday, February 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Friday, February 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Please note: clinic will be closed from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.)

  • Friday, February 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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

 

Waterloo Public Library - Eastside Branch

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

Hours of operation:

  • 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

If you are planning to receive a COVID-19 booster dose in Waterloo Region, please upload your Out of Province doses to the form linked below for approval by Public Health before attending a clinic. Please bring proof of your Out of Province doses to any clinic you are planning to attend.

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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