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This page includes important information you need to know about preparing for your appointment at a public health vaccination clinic. 

Talk to your health care provider if required

Do not get the COVID-19 vaccine if you:

It is strongly recommended that you speak with your treating health care provider if you have an autoimmune condition or immunodeficiency condition and are receiving any of the following treatments:

  • stem cell therapy
  • CAR-T therapy
  • chemotherapy
  • immune checkpoint inhibitors
  • monoclonal antibodies (e.g., rituximab) and other targeted agents (e.g., CD4/6 inhibitors, PARP inhibitors etc.)

You may choose to consult with your treating health care provider prior to vaccination if you:

  • have an autoimmune condition or immunodeficiency condition but are not receiving any of the treatments listed in the “you MUST talk to your health care provider” section above;
  • have a history of allergic reactions not related to the COVID-19 vaccine; or
  • are pregnant or breastfeeding.

If you are thinking about having a baby, are pregnant, or are breastfeeding the COVID-19 Vaccine: Preconception, Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Fact Sheet (PDF file) can help you make an informed decision about getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

Screen for COVID-19 symptoms on the day of your appointment

Please do not attend your appointment if you are not feeling well. For a quicker check-in process, complete the COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Screening Tool before arriving for your appointment. Show clinic staff an electronic or printed version of your passing result. If you are unable to complete the screening tool in advance, clinic staff will screen you onsite prior to entering the clinic.

If you are getting vaccinated at a hospital site, you will be screened upon arrival at the hospital.

Individuals attending an appointment as a support (for example, caregiver) are also asked to complete the COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Screening Tool before arriving at the vaccine clinic and show proof that they passed screening.

Anyone who does not pass the screening test will not be permitted to enter the vaccine clinic and will be advised to follow public health direction and reschedule at a later date.

Know what to bring to your appointment

Please bring the following items to your appointment (first and second dose appointments):

  • An Ontario Health card is the preferred form of identification. If you do not have a health card, then bring a piece of identification, or combination of documents, that include a photo, full legal name and date of birth. Electronic versions are accepted, as well as expired government-issued identity documents. Accepted documents include but are not limited to:
    • driver’s license
    • piece of registered mail
    • pay stub
    • student card
    • other government issued identification, including out-of- province I.D.s or foreign national passports
  • Bring your non-medical mask
  • Reading glasses and/or hearing aid if required
  • Assistive devices as needed (for example, wheelchair, cane)
  • Wear clothing that can be easily rolled up to access the upper arm (to receive the vaccine)
  • Do not wear any scented products
  • A support person, if required (for example, interpreter)

To maintain a physical distance of two metres between all individuals, a limited number of individuals are allowed in the clinic at any time. Please do not bring friends or family with you to your appointment unless one is needed to provide support, such as providing language support.

Know what to expect at your appointment

  • Eat a meal or snack before your appointment.
  • Expect to be at the vaccine clinic approximately for 30 minutes.
  • To maintain physical distancing and safety measures, please arrive 10 minutes prior (and not earlier) to your appointment for registration.
  • Wear a non-medical mask at all times.
  • If you require support, please only bring one person with you.

If you are anxious about vaccinations, follow these tips (external PDF):

  • Eat a snack before you come to your appointment.
  • Get comfortable. Sit up in your chair. Make your arm loose or jiggly.
  • If you feel dizzy, tense your stomach and leg muscles.
  • Try belly breathing (pretend to blow out a candle).
  • Do some self-talk. Tell yourself that you can handle this!
  • Allow yourself to daydream while you are getting your vaccine.

Upon arrival, all residents, including individuals attending an appointment as a support person (for example, caregiver) will be actively screened (external PDF). Individuals who do not pass the screening test, will not be permitted to enter the vaccine clinic and will be advised to follow public health direction and reschedule at a later date.

Know what to expect after your vaccination

Vaccines can cause mild side effects such as headache, fatigue and muscle aches. These side effects are normal signs that the vaccine is working and your body is building protection. Knowing what to expect will help you prepare for your COVID-19 vaccine. Read What to expect after getting your vaccine (PDF file) for more information.

Continue to follow public health measures, even after vaccination

Vaccination does not replace the public health measures that remain critical to stopping the spread of COVID-19. After you get the vaccine, continue to follow public health measures, such as practicing physical distancing, wearing a mask and following good hand hygiene to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Gathering limits still apply to those who have been vaccinated.

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