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More appointments now available for COVID-19 vaccines

June 18, 2021
Announcements and Events

New information

  • Additional appointments
  • Interchanging vaccines
  • Expanded eligibility

More appointments are now available in the provincial booking system for Ottawa residents who still need a first dose or are eligible for a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Additional appointments

Due to the additional supply that Ottawa has now received, we are able to add more appointments and almost double the number of clinic locations for residents. Appointments have been added across the city, including new clinics located at uOttawa (Minto Sports Complex), the Canadian Tire Centre (Gate 3), the Horticulture Building (Lansdowne), Canterbury Recreation Complex and the Nepean Sportsplex Curling Rink.

Residents can visit Ontario.ca/bookvaccine to access the provincial booking system or call the provincial vaccine booking line at 1-833-943-3900 between 8 am and 8 pm, seven days a week. Only book or call if you are eligible.

Residents are also invited to check back regularly as there are occasionally small numbers of additional appointments made available due to reallocation or cancellations.

Interchanging vaccines

Residents may receive a different second dose mRNA (Moderna or Pfizer) vaccine than their first dose at community clinics. Interchanging vaccines is safe and effective. The priority is to receive two doses of a vaccine to complete the series and be fully protected.

Residents who have received the AstraZeneca vaccine as their first dose have the option to book an appointment to receive an mRNA vaccine (Moderna or Pfizer) as a second dose at eight weeks instead of 12, should they wish to.

Current evidence shows that receiving an mRNA vaccine after receiving AstraZeneca as a first dose will provide a strong immune response and protection from COVID-19.

Those who prefer to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine as their second dose can contact the pharmacy or primary care provider where their first dose was administered. Residents are encouraged to speak with a healthcare provider or visit Ottawa Public Health’s Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.

You may also be able to book your vaccine appointment at a local pharmacy. Select primary care teams are also offering vaccines.

Expanded eligibility

Beginning Monday, June 21 at 8 am, all Ottawa residents 18 and above who received their first dose of an mRNA (Moderna or Pfizer) COVID-19 vaccine on or before May 9 will be eligible to book a second appointments at a community clinic.

Follow the City’s social media channels for updates on the provincial booking system. Sign up for the COVID-19 vaccination update e-subscription for regular news on the vaccine roll-out.

The City of Ottawa and Ottawa Public Health are committed to ensuring any resident who wants a COVID-19 vaccine will receive one. Thank you for your patience.

Visit ottawa.ca or OttawaPublicHealth.ca for more on Ottawa’s vaccination distribution plan, including information about:

For more information on City programs and services, visit ottawa.ca or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401). You can also connect with us through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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