1. When can I get the COVID-19 vaccine and how do I book an appointment?
Visit our Vaccination Clinics for COVID-19 page to see who is currently eligible, and for information on clinic dates and locations. This page is updated frequently as new information becomes available.
2. What to expect at a Public Health-led mass immunization clinic for COVID-19?
Given the need to continue following public health measures, mass immunization clinics for COVID-19 will look different than the mass immunization clinics that people are used to. Clinic layouts may vary from smaller groups of people attending clinics to the hockey hub model. Immunizations will be administered by appointment only.
Here is what to expect before, during, and after your vaccination for COVID-19.
Before your appointment
- To find out if you are eligible and for details on how to book an appointment, visit our COVID-19 vaccine clinics page.
- Book your appointment once your turn has arrived.
- For further information on the vaccine and your appointment, see the Ministry of Health’s document entitled what you need to know before your COVID-19 vaccine appointment.
Upon arrival for your scheduled vaccination
- Wear your mask or face covering, use hand sanitizer, and maintain physical distancing.
- You will be screened at the door for COVID-19.
- You will be checked-in for your appointment and be seated in the waiting area.
- You will be called to receive your immunization. The immunizer will answer any questions you may have and ensure that you are an eligible candidate for the vaccine (without contraindications).
- You may ask your immunizer to record the immunization on your Immunization Recordif you brought it with you, although proof of vaccination will be given to you, with an option to email it if you choose.
After receiving your COVID-19 vaccination
- Following your COVID-19 vaccination, you will be seated in the waiting area for a period of 15 minutes (some people may be asked to wait for 30 minutes) as a precaution.
- You will be checked-out, provided with a proof of vaccination receipt, and the appointment for your second dose will be booked.
- Should you experience any adverse effects, as with all immunizations, inform your primary health care provider or seek emergency medical care if warranted.
- Remember that mild side effects can be a sign that your immune system is working to build an immune response. Refer to the Ministry of Health’s vaccine after care sheet for more details.
- Your second dose will automatically be scheduled 16 weeks from the date you receive your first dose. Mark your calendar for your second dose, which will provide you with optimal protection against COVID-19.
3. What is done with leftover doses of COVID-19 vaccine at clinics? Can I show up at a clinic hoping to get a leftover dose?
There are no leftover doses at our COVID-19 vaccine clinics; we use every dose available. All vaccines are given by appointment only. If someone is unable to attend their appointment, the spot is quickly filled by offering it to someone on our eligible client list or someone with a future appointment date. This way, any doses remaining from an open vial don’t go to waste.
Please do not show up at a clinic asking for a leftover dose. We can only offer you a COVID-19 vaccine at your scheduled appointment and once you are eligible.
4. Which vaccines are being administered locally?
Currently, Public Health Sudbury and Districts has access to COVID-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna. Both are mRNA vaccines and highly effective against COVID-19. The AstraZeneca vaccine for COVID-19 will be administered through pharmacies and primary care settings, starting early in April.
5. Will pharmacies and primary care take part in the vaccine rollout?
Pharmacies and primary care setting will start administering COVID-19 vaccines in early April, during Phase 2 of the vaccine rollout in our area.
6. What if I’m an international student, a visitor or, in Ontario on a work visa, can I get the vaccine for COVID-19?
Yes. If you work, study, or live in Ontario you are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine remains the same as for the flu vaccine.
7. What if I don’t have a Health Card? Can I use another type of identification to book my appointment?
Yes. To book your appointment, have another form of identification available such as a passport, driver’s license, birth certificate, employee identification, First Nations identification, MRN (Medical Record Number), or out of Province health card. The vaccine will be administered to you at no cost. Anyone who works, studies, or lives in Ontario is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.
The COVID-19 vaccine will be made available to everyone in Canada for whom it is approved and recommended. This applies to all individuals in Canada whether they are citizens or not.