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COVID-19 Vaccines

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Are You Up to Date with Your COVID-19 Vaccinations?

How to obtain proof of vaccination

In Ontario:

Visit the COVID-19 Vaccination Portal to download your enhanced vaccine certificate.

In Ontario but do not have a health card OR need to update health card information:

Visit our Pop-Up Clinics page for more information.

Outside of Ontario but have already submitted out of province documentation:

Visit the COVID-19 Vaccination Portal to download your enhanced vaccine certificate. If you cannot access your certificate, please note that your documents may take some time to be processed. In the meantime, continue to use your out of province documentation if proof is required.

Outside of Ontario and need to submit your documentation:

Complete the Out of Province Registration. You must upload your out of province COVID-19 vaccine proof at least 1 week prior to booking your vaccine appointment.

If you are visiting Ontario and require proof of vaccination, you may use your existing proof of vaccination issued by your place of residence, along with your passport or NEXUS card as photo identification.

For support, call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre: 1-833-943-3900.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Have a vaccine-related question?

Check out the Ontario Ministry of Health’s Questions and Answers about COVID-19 Vaccines fact sheet, available in 19 languages.

Looking for one-to-one consultation, judgement-free conversation, or facts to help you make an informed decision?

  • Call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre to speak to an experienced agent or health specialist in more than 300 languages at 1-833-943-3900 (TTY: 1-866-797-0007).
  • Book a VaxFacts appointment with Scarborough Health to connect with qualified doctors or register by phone by calling 416-438-2911 ext. 5738. You do not need an OHIP card to participate. Offers 200 languages with interpretation services.
  • Call the SickKids COVID-19 Vaccine Consult Service to book a phone appointment with a paediatric Registered Nurse. Over the phone interpretation is available for free in many languages. Appointments can be made online or by calling 437-881-3505.

Before any vaccines are available in Ontario or Canada, they undergo large clinical trials to determine if they are safe and effective. Health Canada has maintained the same quality standards for review and approval of COVID-19 vaccines as were in place before the pandemic.

COVID-19 vaccines are free for anyone living in Ontario and strongly recommended to keep yourself and the community safe.

All approved vaccines are effective at preventing severe, symptomatic infection with COVID-19. The more people who receive a vaccine, the more we will be able to reduce or prevent community spread.

NACI continues to preferentially recommend that a complete primary series and booster dose(s) of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Moderna Spikevax, Pfizer Comirnaty) should be offered to most people due to the excellent protection they provide against severe illness and hospitalization, and their well-known safety profiles. The Novavax or Medicago vaccines may be offered to people who have been unable, due to contraindications, or not willing to receive an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine. Medicago is not currently authorized for use as a booster dose in Canada.

It is very important that you complete a primary vaccination series, and continue to stay up to date with your COVID-19 vaccinations, to protect yourself as much as possible against COVID-19.

Visit the Government of Canada website to learn about the currently approved COVID-19 vaccines, including how they work, ingredients, possible side effects, etc.

For More Information:

View the Ontario Ministry of Health Guidance Document: Staying up to date with COVID-19 vaccines or visit

Only vaccines that Health Canada determines to be safe and effective will be approved for use in Canada and Ontario. The progress on COVID-19 vaccines happened quickly for many reasons including:

  • Research on other strains of coronavirus before COVID-19 (e.g. SARS, MERS-CoV) 
  • Advances in science and technology
  • International collaboration among scientists, health professionals, researchers, industry and governments
  • Increased dedicated funding

As vaccines for COVID-19 are approved and administered, Health Canada will continue to oversee their safety through their vaccine monitoring system.

Similar to other vaccines, some individuals can develop short-term and mild side effects after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. Ongoing research is showing that serious side effects are extremely rare. Experiencing mild side effects, such as pain where the needle was given, tiredness, chills, headache, and muscle pain can be expected and indicates that the vaccine is working to produce protection or immunity.

For more information about the reported side effects or reactions following COVID-19 vaccinations, visit Health Canada’s website


The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) provides regularly updated recommendations on the use of COVID-19 vaccines, and information on efficacy and effectiveness, storage requirements, vaccine safety and adverse events following immunization, and more.

Is it safe to mix the third dose?

Mixing COVID-19 vaccines is safe, effective, and enables Ontarians to benefit from the protection of a third dose.

Combining similar vaccines from different manufacturers in a series is not a new concept, and different vaccine brands have been safely and effectively used to complete vaccine series for other diseases like, influenza, hepatitis A and B, to name a few.

The National Advisory Council on Immunizations (NACI) recommends that when the same mRNA COVID-19 vaccine product is not readily available, another mRNA COVID-19 vaccine product recommended for use in that age group should be offered to complete the vaccine series or be used as a third/booster dose.

The FDA in the U.S. has also authorized the mixing and matching of COVID-19 vaccine brands (CDC COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots).

Ontario Ministry of Health Resources

Pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding?
What you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccines

SickKids and the VaxFacts Clinic at Scarborough Health Network have teamed up to bring focused COVID-19 vaccine consultation to pregnant, breastfeeding people, & those planning to conceive!

Learn more and book a confidential, non-judgemental phone call at

The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologist of Canada (SOGC), the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI), and Ontario’s Vaccine Clinical Advisory Group recommend that women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should be offered a complete series of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, if no medical concern exists. All pregnant individuals are authorized to be vaccinated as soon as possible, at any stage in pregnancy. Pregnant individuals are at an increased risk for severe outcomes of COVID-19 when compared with non-pregnant individuals, especially during the third trimester. Getting the vaccine can help prevent complications during pregnancy and lower the risk of severe outcomes for both pregnant person and their baby.

Real world data of pregnant individuals that have received the COVID-19 vaccine demonstrate that the benefits of receiving the vaccine outweigh any known or potential risks of vaccination. Those who are pregnant or breastfeeding can pass on high levels of valuable antibodies against COVID-19 to their babies through vaccination and natural immunity.

Canadian and international research studies have found that 7-11% of pregnant women who are infected with COVID-19 have to be admitted to a hospital and 1-4% have to be admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU). COVID-19 vaccines do not cause infection in pregnant individuals or their babies because it does not contain the live virus that causes COVID-19.

Please discuss the following factors with a healthcare provider, ideally someone who is familiar with your pregnancy to help you make an informed decision:

  • Potential risks and consequences of getting infected with COVID-19 during pregnancy.
  • The risks and benefits of the vaccine.

Please review the ‘I am pregnant or breastfeeding. Should I get the COVID-19 Vaccine’ informational resource by the Provincial Council for Maternal and Child Health. This resource highlights the risks, benefits, current recommendations, and other to consider about getting vaccinated.

For more information, please see the Ministry of Health’s ‘COVID-19 vaccines in pregnancy’ webpage and COVID-19 Vaccination Recommendations for Special Populations

COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for individuals who are trying to get pregnant now or might become pregnant in the future, as well as their partners.

There is no evidence that COVID-19 vaccines cause a loss of fertility (in men or women), miscarriage, or birth defects. Discuss the vaccination with your healthcare provider to help you make an informed decision.

It is very important that you complete the full vaccination series to protect yourself completely against COVID-19.

For more information, please see the Ministry of Health's 'COVID-19 vaccines in pregnancy' webpage and COVID-19 Vaccination Recommendations for Special Populations.

The COVID-19 vaccination can be safely given to breastfeeding individuals. Data shows that mRNA from vaccines do not transfer into breast milk. COVID-19 antibodies produced by the breastfeeding individual have been shown to transfer through the milk and provide protection to the infant. Breastfeeding individuals are advised to be vaccinated as soon as possible if no contraindications exist. Discuss the vaccination with your healthcare provider to help you make an informed decision.

COVID-19 vaccines do not cause infection in breastfeeding individuals or their babies because it does not contain the live virus that causes COVID-19.

Please review the 'I am pregnant or breastfeeding. Should I get the COVID-19 Vaccine' informational resource by the Provincial Council for Maternal and Child Health. This resource highlights the risks, benefits, current recommendations, and other to consider about getting vaccinated.

For more information, please see the Ministry of Health's 'COVID-19 vaccines in pregnancy' webpage and COVID-19 Vaccination Recommendations for Special Populations.

Healthy Families Hotline

Call WECHU’s hotline at 519-258-2146 ext. 1350 for any questions about pregnancy, breastfeeding, parenting and growth and development (birth to entry to school). Available Monday to Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm.

Ministry of Health

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines for women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or planning a pregnancy.

Healthy Babies Healthy Children Program (HBHC)

A free home visiting program for pregnant mothers and families with children from birth until entry to school that need extra support. During this time, HBHC will be offering its services virtually either through phone or videoconferencing. Please call the Healthy Families Hotline at 519-258-2146 ext. 1350 for more information.

Health Connect Ontario

Provides free and confidential health advice and breastfeeding support available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 8-1-1.


OMama is a website that connects women and families in Ontario to trusted pregnancy, birth and early parenting information.

Infant Risk Centre

Infant Risk Center is a US based website that provides information about medications while pregnant or breastfeeding.

Additional Information:

Public Health Agency of Canada: Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Pregnancy, Childbirth and Caring for Newborns: Advice for Mothers During COVID-19

World Health Organization: FAQs on Breastfeeding and COVID-19

COVID-19 Vaccine Resources

COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs

Yes. While most individuals can receive COVID-19 vaccinations safely, some allergies, medical conditions, ongoing treatments, and/or other contraindications may warrant an exemption. A physician, specialist, or nurse practitioner may issue a medical exemption to COVID-19 vaccination if a patient has specific contraindications. Please visit the Ministry of Health Medical Exemptions to COVID-19 Vaccination document or talk to your health care provider for further details.

Yes. If you do not have an OHIP (Ontario Health Insurance Plan) card, you can still get a vaccine by presenting another form of a government issued-photo ID such as a driver’s license, passport, Status Card or other provincial health cards. You do not have to be a Canadian citizen to receive a vaccine if you are a current resident of Windsor-Essex and eligible to receive a vaccine.

Guidance for special populations, including individuals with autoimmune conditions and immunocompromised persons, and individuals with allergies is available in the Vaccination Recommendations for Special Populations guidance document.

Please note:  The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) does not provide individual patient counselling on the suitability of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. Individuals should speak to their health care provider about any serious allergies or other health concerns they may have before receiving the vaccine.

  • Both the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) and the Province of Ontario recommends that individuals needing a booster dose who experienced a COVID-19 infection after completing their primary series wait for 6 months (168 days) after symptoms started or after testing positive (if no symptoms were experienced) before receiving a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine. A booster dose may not be given earlier than three months (84 days) following infection, and as long as a minimum of 84 days have passed since the last dose of the primary series for those individuals who eligible for a booster dose.
  • For the purposes of COVID-19 vaccination, a previous COVID-19 infection includes individuals who received a positive COVID-19 test result (either a PCR or Rapid Antigen Test) or who was a household contact of a confirmed case and had COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Informed consent should include that new evidence shows a longer interval between a COVID-19 infection and vaccination is associated with improved antibody response to COVID-19 vaccines.

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, isolate yourself from others and complete the online self-assessment to determine your next steps.

Based on recommendations on the use of COVID-19 vaccines from NACI, COVID-19 vaccines may be given at the same time as, or any time before or after, other vaccines, including live or non-live vaccines.

Children aged 11 and under are not able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine within 14 days of other vaccines, such as the flu vaccine.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2022 - 8:47am