How do I get the coronavirus vaccine in Ottawa?
OTTAWA -- As the pace of Ontario's COVID-19 vaccine rollout continues to pick up, more Ottawa residents will soon be able to receive their shots. CTVNewsOttawa.ca has everything you need to know about getting the vaccine in Ottawa.
- UPDATE JUNE 15: Pop-up vaccination clinics in Ottawa now offering second doses for high-priority neighbourhoods
WHO CAN GET VACCINATED RIGHT NOW?
There are a number of groups in Ottawa who can get vaccinated at several different clinics. Here is a breakdown of who is eligible, where they can receive a vaccine and how to book it.
Who is eligible:
- 12 and older
- Youth 12 to 17 are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine only
- Individuals must be at least 12 years old to book a vaccine appointment
What clinics are currently open:
- Nepean Sportsplex, 1701 Woodroffe Ave.
- Ruddy Family YMCA-YWCA, 265 Centrum Blvd.
- Eva James Memorial Centre, 65 Stonehaven Dr.
- Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave. W.
- St. Laurent Complex, 525 Cote St.
- Canadian Tire Centre – 1000 Palladium Drive
- University of Ottawa – Minto Sports Complex
- Horticulture Building at Lansdowne Park
- Canterbury Recreation Complex – 2185 Arch Street
- Nepean Sportsplex – Curling Rink – 1701 Woodroffe Avenue
How to book:
- Ontario Vaccine Portal or call 1-833-943-3900 (Monday to Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
Who is eligible:
- 12 and older
- Youth 12 to 17 are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine only.
- You must be 12 or older on the day of your appointment to get the Pfizer vaccine
- You must be 18 or older on the day of your appointment to get the Moderna vaccine
- AstraZeneca is available for second doses only.
Pharmacies currently offering vaccine (latest list here):
- Costco Pharmacy: 1405 Blair Towers Place, Gloucester
- Costco Pharmacy: 770 Silver Seven Road, Kanata
- Shoppers Drug Mart: 10-499 Terry Fox Drive, Kanata
- Costco Pharmacy: 4315 Strandherd Drive, Nepean
- Kanata Pharmasave: 101-99 Kaklulu Rd., Kanata
- Shoppers Drug Mart: 3781 Strandherd Dr., Nepean
- Paul's Pharmasave: 990 River Rd., Manotick
- Shoppers Drug Mart: 1937 Portobello Blvd., Orleans
- The Drug Store Pharmacy: 1619 Orleans Blvd., Gloucester
- Shoppers Drug Mart: 680 Eagleson Rd., Kanata
- The Drug Store Pharmacy: 3201 Greenbank Rd., Ottawa
- Loblaw Pharmacy: 4270 Innes Rd., Ottawa
- Loblaw Pharmacy: 1980 Baseline Rd., Nepean
- Rexall: 2525 Carling Ave., Ottawa
- Centrepointe Guardian Drugs: 117 Centrepointe Drive, Nepean
- Rexall: 1615 Orleans Blvd., Orleans
- Shoppers Drug Mart: 410 Richmond Rd., Ottawa
- WalMart Pharmacy: 171-1980 Ogilvie Rd., Gloucester
- Loblaw Pharmacy: 200 Grant Carman Dr., Nepean
- Rexall: C-1725 Walkley Rd., Ottawa
- The Drug Store Pharmacy: 59A Robertson Rd., Nepean
- Walmart Pharmacy: 5357 Fernbank Rd., Kanata
- Shoppers Drug Mart: 322 Rideau St., Ottawa
- Crown Pointe Pharmacy: 13-900 Watters Rd., Orleans
- Pharmasave Cyril Pharmacy: 1795 Kilborn Avenue
- The Drugstore Pharmacy: 2681 Alta Vista Dr., Ottawa
- Good Health Pharmacy: 2-4188 Spratt Rd., Gloucester
- Sobeys Pharmacy: 700 Terry Fox Dr., Kanata
- Sobeys Pharmacy: 5150 Innes Rd., Orleans
- Osgoode Pharmacy: 3192 Logan Farm Dr., Osgoode
- Innes IDA Pharmacy: 101-4473 Innes Rd., Orleans
- Sobeys Pharmacy: 840 March Rd., Kanata
- Stittsville Whole Health Pharm: C-1609 Stittsville Main St
- Apothe SOS Pharamcy: 8-314 Central Park Dr., Ottawa
- The Drugstore Pharmacy: 760 Eagleson Rd., Kanata
- Rexall: 832 March Rd., Kanata
- Rexall: 300 Eagleson Rd., Kanata
- Rexall: 4048 Carling Ave., Kanata
- Drugstore Pharmacy: 3777 Strandherd Dr., Nepean
- Rexall: 1363B Woodroffe Ave., Nepean
- Rexall: 2144 Robertson Rd., Nepean
- Rexall: 900 Greenbank Rd., Nepean
- Walmart Pharmacy: 3651 Strandherd Dr., Nepean
- Rexall: 160-110 Place d'Orleans Dr., Orleans
- Bank Street Medical Pharmacy: 1935 Bank St., Ottawa
- Glebe Apothecary: 778 Bank St., Ottawa
- Loblaw Pharmacy: 1980 Ogilvie Rd., Ottawa
- Loblaw Pharmacy: 1460 Merivale Rd., Ottawa
- Loblaw Pharmacy: 2210C Bank St., Ottawa
- Metro Pharmacy: 4510 Innes Rd., Ottawa
- Rexall: 753 Montreal Rd., Ottawa
- Rexall: 160 Elgin St.
- Rexall: 240 Sparks St.
- Walmart Pharmacy: 450 Terminal Ave., Ottawa
- Walmart Pharmacy: 2210 Bank St., Ottawa
- Walmart Pharmacy: 2277 Riverside Dr., Ottawa
- Drugstore Pharmacy: 100 McArthur Ave., Vanier
- Kanata Compounding Pharmacy: 150 Katimavik Rd., Kanata
- Cedarview Guardian Pharmacy: 112-4100 Strandherd Dr., Nepean
- Shoppers Drug Mart: 181 Greenbank Rd., Nepean
- Shoppers Drug Mart: 3151 Strandherd Dr., Nepean
- Walmart Pharmacy: 10-100 Bayshore Dr., Nepean
- North Gower Pharmacy: 7-2333 Church St., North Gower
- Shoppers Drug Mart: 6491 Jeanne d'Arc Blvd., Orleans
- Shoppers Drug Mart: 3940 Innes Rd., Orleans
- Bank Street Pharmacy: 2531 Bank St., Ottawa
- Blossom Park Pharmacy: 2928 Bank St., Ottawa
- Carling IDA Pharmacy: 1320 Carling Ave., Ottawa
- Costco Pharmacy: 1849 Merivale Rd., Ottawa
- Evans Medical Pharmacy: 1194 Karn Pl., Ottawa
- Fallowfield Pharmacy: 1B-3500 Fallowfield Rd., Ottawa
- Greenbank Hunt Club Pharmacy: 250 Greenbank Rd., Ottawa
- Hybrid Pharm: 100-318 Richmond Rd., Ottawa
- Mooney's Bay Pharmacy: 743 Ridgewood Ave., Ottawa
- Proactive Pharmacy: 1645 Bank St., Ottawa
- Promed Pharmacy: 2706 Alta Vista Dr., Ottawa
- Real Canadian Superstore: 190 Richmond Rd., Ottawa
- Rexall: 2950 Carling Ave., Ottawa
- Shas Pharmacy: 1428 Walkley Rd., Ottawa
- Shoppers Drug Mart: 1559 Alta Vista Dr., Ottawa
- Shoppers Drug Mart: 888 Meadowlands Dr. E., Ottawa
- Shoppers Drug Mart: 3080 Carling Ave., Ottawa
- Shoppers Drug Mart: 115-2446 Bank St., Ottawa
- Shoppers Drug Mart: 3310 McCarthy Rd., Ottawa
- Shoppers Drug Mart: 1200 St. Laurent Blvd., Ottawa
- Shoppers Drug Mart: 1582 Bank St., Ottawa
- Shoopers Drug Mart: 700-702 Bank St., Ottawa
- Shoppers Drug Mart: 1-4744 Bank St., Ottawa
- Shoppers Drug Mart: 174 Bank St., Ottawa
- Shoppers Drug Mart: 1080 Bank St., Ottawa
- Shoppers Drug Mart: 15-2515 Bank St., Ottawa
- Shoppers Drug Mart: 1309 Carling Ave., Ottawa
- Shoppers Drug Mart: 1-2148 Carling Ave., Ottawa
- Shoppers Drug Mart: 541 Montreal Rd., Ottawa
- Shoppers Drug Mart: 647 Earl Armstrong Rd., Ottawa
- Shoppers Drug Mart: 1180 Walkley Rd., Ottawa
- South Keys Pharmacy: 1883 Bank St., Ottawa
- Westboro Pharmasave: 421 Richmond Rd., Ottawa
- Whole Health Pharmacy Glebe: 857A Bank St., Ottawa
- Bridle Path Pharmacy: 6-4000 Bridle Path Dr., Gloucester
- Loblaw Pharmacy: 671 River Rd., Gloucester
- No Frills Pharmacy: 1226 Place d'Orleans Dr., Orleans
- Rexall: 144-1980 Oglivie Rd., Gloucester
- Shoppers Drug Mart: 2638 Innes Rd., Gloucester
How to book:
- Call individual pharmacy
Pop-up clinics in high-risk communities
The city of Ottawa and Ottawa Public Health will resume pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinics for residents of 21 priority neighbourhoods.
Individuals 12 years of age and older who live in the eligible neighbourhoods will be able to receive the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the pop-up clinics.
Second doses will be available for any priority neighbourhood resident of any age who received their first dose on or before April 18, 2021. For residents aged 70+, they can receive a second dose 28 days after receiving an mRNA vaccine, and 56 days after receiving Astra-Zeneca vaccine.
Here is a look at the upcoming locations for the pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinics:
Saturday, June 19 and Sunday, June 20 – 9 a.m to 7 p.m.
- Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre, 102 Greenview Ave.
Monday, June 21, 12:15 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- AMA Community Centre – 1216 Hunt Club Rd.
Tuesday, June 22, 12:15 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- St. Joseph’s Adult High School – 330 Lajoie St.
Wednesday, June 23 to Friday, June 25 , 12:15 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Bayshore Shopping Centre – 100 Bayshore Dr. -- North Entrance #2
Saturday, June 26 , 9:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Howard Darwin Centennial (Merivale) Arena – 1765 Merivale Rd.
Sunday, June 27, 9:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Monday, June 28 , 12:15 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- AMA Community Centre – 1216 Hunt Club Rd.
List of eligible priority neighbourhoods:
- West Centretown
- Emerald Woods - Sawmill Creek
- Greenboro East
- Hunt Club Park
- Hawthorne Meadows - Sheffield Glen
- Ledbury - Heron Gate - Ridgemont
- Parkwood Hills - Stewart Farm
- Lowertown East-ByWard Market
- Sandy Hill
- Vanier North
- Vanier South
- Manor Park
- Overbrook - McArthur
- Carson Grove - Carson Meadows
- Carleton Heights - Rideauview
- Hunt Club East - Western Community
- Whitehaven - Queensway Terrace North
- Bayshore - Belltown
- Britannia Village
Residents are asked to bring at least one piece of ID and proof of address must be provided. A valid Ontario Health card is preferred, but not required if you do not have one.
For more information, visit the Ottawa Public Health website.
Starting June 15, if you received your first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at a rural clinic and have not yet booked your second dose, you will receive a phone call from the City of Ottawa and Ottawa Public Health to book an appointment for your second dose at another rural pop-up clinic taking place between June 20 and 25.
Appointments are required at these clinics; no walk ups will be accepted.
Individuals who received first doses at a rural clinic but have already made arrangements for a second dose on their own will not be contacted.
Rural clinics will take place at the following locations:
- R.J. Kennedy Memorial Arena, 1115 Dunning Rd.
- West Carleton High School, 3088 Dunrobin Rd.
- South Carleton High School, 3673 McBean St.
- Osgoode Township High School, 2800 8th Line Rd.
First Nation, Inuit and Métis clinics
Who is eligible:
- First Nation, Inuit and Métis community members aged 12 and older
Where to get vaccinated:
- Rideau High School, 815 St. Laurent Blvd.
How to book:
- First Nations and Métis community members can call 613-691-5505
- Inuit community members can call 613-740-0999
You can use the city's COVID-19 vaccine eligibility screening tool to determine whether you are eligible for a shot. Note, you will have to provide proof to validate your responses above in order to ensure your eligibility to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
People unable to leave their home because of a health condition or special needs
- If you have a health condition or special needs that prevent you from visiting a local clinic, pharmacy, or your primary care provider to receive the COVID-19 vaccine - a team can come to your home to offer vaccination to you and to your caregiver.
- Please call 613-691-5505 and choose option # 2, to request in-home vaccination.
- A nurse will contact you to obtain more information and to book a date and time.
Walk-ins will not be accepted at any vaccination clinics with the exception of temporary pop-up drop-in clinics. You must book your appointment in advance for community clinics. Information on temporary drop-in clinics will be broadcast and reported by CTV News Ottawa as it becomes available.
(CTV News Ottawa/Ottawa Public Health/Google Maps)
WHERE DO I SIGN UP?
Eligible residents can call 1-833-943-3900 (TTY 1-866-797-0007) Monday to Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. or visit https://covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine/.
WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW BEFORE REGISTERING?
When booking, you will be asked for information from your Ontario health card, your birth date, postal code and email address and/or phone number. When you book, you will schedule your first and second vaccination appointments.
Public health officials say if you have a fever or COVID-19 symptoms, you should wait to receive a vaccine. This will help avoid confusing symptoms from other illnesses with vaccine-related adverse events. It also helps to decrease COVID-19 transmission at an immunization clinic
WHO HAS ALREADY RECEIVED THE VACCINE?
Seniors in long-term care homes, retirement home residents, frontline health care workers, members of the general public aged 60 and older have received vaccines so far. People aged 40 and older who booked at pharmacies have also received their shots.
The city has also administered the vaccines to some first responders, such as police officers, firefighters and paramedics.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO MY APPOINTMENT?
No matter where you are getting vaccinated, you should bring:
- your Ontario health (OHIP) card (if you have one) or another piece of government-issued identification;
- a face covering or mask (wear one at all times); and
- assistive or accessibility devices (if you need them)
Wear clothing that allows easy access to your upper arm and shoulder area, such as a t-shirt.
Some locations may have additional requirements. Make sure to check if you need to bring anything else, such as another form of identification, when you book your appointment.
If possible, please avoid bringing people with you if they do not have an appointment.
If you need someone with you, ask the clinic ahead of time to confirm if this is possible. They will not be able to get vaccinated unless they have an appointment too.
HOW CAN I GET TO MY VACCINATION SITE?
The mass vaccination clinics, when they open, will be accessible by public transit. Use the OC Transpo travel planner to figure out the best route. If you are a Para Transpo user, you can book your ride to the pop-up clinic like you would normally do. If a transportation option is not available to you, you can request a ride to and from a popup clinic when you book your vaccine appointment.
WHEN DO I GET MY SECOND DOSE?
As of June 21, all adults in Ontario who received either Pfizer or Moderna as their first dose before May 10 will be eligible to book their second shot.
Everyone else in Ontario who got a first shot on or after May 10 – except for people between 12 and 17 – will be eligible to book their second dose starting June 28.
Bookings for second doses for youth between the age of 12 and 17 are expected to be made available the week of Aug 9.
WHO DO I CONTACT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS?
Each of Ontario’s 34 public health units are responsible for coming up with and carrying out their own vaccination plans. You can contact Ottawa Public Health for the latest information on vaccines.