COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics for Older Adults in Ottawa
Ottawa Public Health continues to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine in the community to priority populations, including older adults.
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Ottawa Public Health website is your source of information on COVID-19 and Older Adults and the COVID-19 Vaccine. In the coming weeks and months, there will be many updates to the vaccine distribution plan as the situation and supply of vaccines changes. Check regularly for updates available in multiple languages.
Who is currently eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine?
- Adults 70 years of age and older (effective March 29)
- City-wide: residents 70 and older (born in 1951 or earlier) regardless of where they live in the city can book an appointment through the Province of Ontario’s online booking system. This includes adults 75 and older who do not yet have an appointment booked
- In eligible neighbourhoods: residents who were born in or before 1951, or who are adults receiving chronic home health care in eligible neighbourhoods, and who live in select neighbourhoods are eligible to book an appointment to receive their vaccine through a pop-up clinic
- Adults in First Nations, Métis and Inuit populations
- Staff and caregivers in designated retirement homes and residents in all retirement homes. Staff, caregivers and residents in all long-term care homes
- Residents staying in Ottawa shelters
- Priority health care workers, including hospital employees, staff who work or study in hospitals and health care personnel
To schedule a vaccination appointment, use the provincial booking system or call 1-888-999-6488 between 8 am and 8 pm, seven days a week. Only book or call if you are eligible.
To enable physical distancing and to reduce the number of people in the clinic, please arrive for your vaccine no more than 10 minutes before your appointment time.
Walk-ins will not be accepted, so please book your appointment in advance.
Fill-in the consent form before can reduce questions onsite and simplify the process.
Here is a great tip sheet from the Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County on Making a Success of Your COVID-19 Vaccination
Residents of all ages who are not yet eligible for the vaccine are encouraged to follow announcements on the City of Ottawa and Ottawapublichealth.ca website and social media channels, and from local news media, to learn when they can receive their vaccine.
For more information on the vaccine distribution plans:
- COVID-19 Vaccine updates e-subscription – City of Ottawa
- COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution FAQs – City of Ottawa
- Vaccine distribution task force – City of Ottawa
- Ethical framework for COVID-19 vaccine distribution – Government of Ontario
Residents who are eligible for vaccination are encouraged to make a transportation plan for their appointment. This could include asking a family member or caregiver to provide you with a ride to your designated pop-up clinic.
If you are a current ParaTranspo user, it could also include booking a ride with Para Transpo or at 613-842-3600.
Others may book transportation to and from a vaccination clinic through the Ottawa Community Transportation. This service is free. COVID-19 protocols are in place to ensure the safety of the rider and the driver, and wearing a mask is mandatory. Ottawa Community Transportation will contact you directly to provide all the information.
You must have a vaccine appointment already booked to request transportation. Please note: Same-day or next-day drives are not possible. At least 48 hours advance notice of your appointment is required to book transportation.
Safe and reliable vaccines can help protect you and your family from COVID-19.
Understanding how the vaccines are approved, how they work, and possible side effects are important too. Here are resources for you:
Ottawa Public Health
- Do the COVID-19 vaccines work?
- COVID-19 Vaccine FAQsand Long Term Care & Retirement Home FAQs (pdf)
- Reasons to get vaccinated
- Public health measures
- Allergies, side effects and medical conditions
- COVID-19 Vaccine - What you need to know? (video)
Government of Ontario
- COVID-19 vaccine safety
- What you should know about the COVID-19 vaccines - Government of Ontario fact sheet
- What you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine for Canada - Government of Canada website
- COVID-19 Vaccines - What Older Canadians Need to Know - National Institute on Aging (Canada) Report
The COVID-19 situation can be very stressful. It is OK to not be OK. There are mental health resources available for those feeling anxious about vaccine safety and availability. See information about the safety and distribution above to inform yourself.
- If you are in crisis, please contact the Mental Health Crisis Line (24 hours a day/7 days a week) at 613-722-6914 or if outside Ottawa toll-free at 1-866-996-0991.
- Please visit Ottawa Public Health’s Mental Health and COVID-19 page for a list of resources, including a printable version of a Mental Health and COVID-19 Resource List.
So, the day is finally here for you to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. You have followed all the rules and have stayed safe. After the vaccination, don’t forget to celebrate. Still follow the physical distance rules from public health and stay safe! Stay well!