COVID-19 vaccine eligibility

Vaccines are safe and effective and help to protect you and those around you from serious COVID-19 illness. It is recommended that you stay up to date with your COVID-19 vaccinations to strengthen your defense against serious illness.

Vaccination may not always prevent infection, but it does help reduce severe illness, hospitalization, or death if a person does become infected. Getting vaccinated also decreases the risk of developing post-COVID-19 condition (commonly known as long COVID). Long COVID is when individuals still experience symptoms of COVID-19 for weeks or months after their initial infection.

Learn more about Post COVID-19 condition (long COVID) (Health Canada)

In Ontario, COVID-19 vaccines are available to all individuals 6 months and older at no cost, regardless of citizenship or immigration status. You do not need an Ontario health card, but photo identification is required (for those aged 18 or older) to verify your name and date of birth.

For the 2023 fall respiratory season, the Ontario Ministry of Health and the National Advisory Committee for Immunizations (NACI), recommend individuals receive an  XBB.1.5-containing COVID-19 mRNA vaccine as recommended for their authorized age group.

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This item was last modified on October 30, 2023