Beginning tomorrow, residents can drop in to select community clinics in Ottawa to receive a first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine without an appointment.
While all clinics are offering drop-ins for first doses, second dose drop-ins will only take place at clinics that have enough supply. This will change daily. The list of locations will be updated daily on ottawapublichealth.ca(link is external) and on the City’s Facebook(link is external), Twitter(link is external) and Instagram(link is external) accounts.
Move up your September and October vaccine appointments
This initiative is especially useful for individuals with second dose appointments in late August, through to November so that they can move up their appointments to July or early August. Most of these appointments were booked automatically through the provincial booking system when individuals made their first dose appointments. Unfortunately, many of these appointments are for clinic times and dates that will no longer exist due to progress in the City’s vaccine distribution plan.
You are able to receive your second dose at least 28 days after receiving an mRNA vaccine (Moderna or Pfizer), and at least eight weeks after receiving AstraZeneca vaccine.
Other options to get your vaccine:
- Sign up weekly for a COVID-19 vaccine wait list (link is external)to receive an alert when a last-minute appointment becomes available near you. Ottawa Public Health will contact you by text, email or phone.
- Book an appointment through the provincial booking tool or a local pharmacy
- Visit a drop-in clinic if you live in a priority neighbourhood
After you have been vaccinated you will receive a confirmation email with proof of vaccination. Remember to check your junk folder. You can also get a vaccine receipt through Ontario.ca/bookvaccine(link is external).
Community clinics are administering the mRNA vaccines (Moderna and Pfizer), and residents will be informed on-site which one they are receiving. Since interchanging vaccines is safe and effective, the priority is to receive two doses of any vaccine to complete the series and be fully protected.