COVID-19 Vaccine

The updated COVID-19 and influenza (flu) vaccines are now available to the general public. You can check your eligibility for receiving the COVID-19 vaccine on the province’s website

Vaccination appointments are available from many pharmacies and some health care providers. Public Health is offering COVID-19 vaccine appointments with the option to add a flu vaccine at the same time. You can book these appointments on the provincial website or by calling the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900 (TTY: 1-866-797-0007 toll-free) from Monday to Friday (excluding holidays) from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time. 

Walk-ins are not available at this time. 

Updated: Oct. 30, 2023

COVID-19 vaccines authorized by Health Canada are safe, reliable, and can help protect you, your family, and our community from COVID-19. 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 to have the most protection against COVID-19.

To find out more information about vaccine eligibility and booster doses, please visit the Government of Canada website.

Where to get a COVID-19 vaccine

Before visiting a clinic, please do a self-assessment with this COVID-19 symptom screening tool

Book an appointment
Provincial COVID-19 Vaccination Portal

Pharmacies and primary care providers

There are many pharmacies within Waterloo Region that offer COVID-19 vaccines. The vaccine type offered may vary by pharmacy and change without notice. For more information or to find a participating pharmacy near you, please visit COVID-19 Pharmacy Vaccine Locations.

Please note: Pharmacy vaccine administration for ages 6 months to under 5 years old may vary. Contact the pharmacy before booking an appointment.

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

Regional vaccination clinics

30 Christopher Drive, Cambridge  - Accessibility and translation services available

Hours of operation (by appointment only)

  • No upcoming clinic dates

Location details:

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Wheelchairs are offered by the site
  • Interpretation services offered – via telephone
  • Service dog friendly
  • Able to provide private room for client(s) upon request

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

Limited parking space is available on site, with street parking also available.

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

Hours of operation (by appointment only)

  • Monday, March 11, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 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 Centre, Kitchener - For self-identifying First Nations, Inuit and Métis community members 

Hours of operation

  • No upcoming clinic dates

Address: 236 Woodhaven Road, Kitchener, ON N2C 1V5

Additional options

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.

Post secondary school clinics

Frequently asked questions

How do vaccines protect against COVID-19?

Vaccination works by exposing our bodies to key parts of bacteria or viruses (called antigens) in a safe way so our immune system can develop an immune response. Later, if we are exposed to that same bacterium or virus, our immune system will be able to respond more quickly to:

  • prevent us from getting the disease, and
  • prevent us from getting seriously ill if we do get the disease.
View this resource from the Government of Canada to learn more about COVID-19 vaccines.
Can I get the vaccine with my health condition?
Individuals are advised to discuss any concerns with their health care provider prior to their COVID-19 vaccination. Doctors, nurses, and vaccinators will know about the vaccine characteristics, effectiveness, and risks. For more information about COVID-19 vaccines, please refer to the Government of Canada and Ministry of Health.
Does my child require 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 under 12 years of age, they must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Where can I learn more about COVID-19 vaccination for children?
Visit the Health Canada – Vaccines for Children and Ministry of Health – COVID-19 Vaccines webpages to learn more.
COVID-19 vaccine after-care
To learn about COVID-19 vaccine after-care, download our after-care information sheet.
Where can I report a vaccine received outside of Ontario?

If you are planning to receive a COVID-19 dose in Waterloo Region, please upload your Out of Province doses to the form linked below. Please bring proof of your Out of Province doses to any clinic you are planning to attend.
Report a vaccine 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 their receipt.

If you have received all of your COVID-19 vaccines outside of Ontario, and you do not have a green photo health card, please see How to get your COVID-19 vaccine certificate.

Where can I learn more about medical exemptions for the COVID-19 vaccine?

Please refer to the Ministry of Health – Proof of COVID-19 vaccination webpage.

Accessing translated vaccine resources

You can access translated COVID-19 vaccine resources through the Province of Ontario COVID-19 communications resources webpage.

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