Getting the vaccine
Details about our COVID-19 vaccination program.
Adults 50 years or older in hot spot communities, all adults 60 years or older, and other eligible groups can book COVID-19 vaccine appointments.
Our Community Mass Vaccination Plan provides a summary of how the vaccine will be given to residents in the coming months.
The COVID-19 dashboard is updated weekly with the total number of vaccine doses given in Peel.
As of March 10, based on direction from the Ontario government, the time between receiving the first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccines will be 4 months. This only applies to the vaccines requiring 2 doses such as Astra Zeneca, Moderna and Pfizer.
If you received your first dose and your second dose appointment is after March 10:
Vaccine clinics will contact you directly to advise of your new appointment. This does not apply to the following groups:
- Residents of long-term care homes, retirement homes, Elder Care Lodges and assisted living facilities who are at the greatest risk of both exposure to COVID-19 and serious illness and death.
- Remote and isolated First Nation communities.
If you have your first dose appointment scheduled but have not been vaccinated yet:
The appointment for your second dose will be 4 months from your first dose. Your appointment will be made for you when you receive your first dose.
Increasing the time between first and second doses allows more people to get the benefit of immunity from a first dose while the vaccine supply continues to be limited. Research and real world experience have shown that with even a single dose of the vaccine, there's protection from severe complications, hospitalization and death due to COVID-19.
A second dose will still be necessary 4 months after the first dose for ongoing protection. To protect you from the virus as soon as possible, Peel Public Health recommends that you take the vaccine that is offered to you when it's your turn.
Peel vaccination clinics cannot determine in advance which vaccines they will have available.
There are 2 reasons for this:
- The vaccine supply is unpredictable, so we need to use the vaccine supply we have on-hand.
- Since appointments are booked ahead of time, we can’t be sure which vaccine will be available when your appointment actually takes place.
During your appointment, we'll tell you which vaccine you're getting. This approach is consistent with other vaccination programs, such as the yearly flu program.
All of the vaccines available in Ontario are effective and safe, have been approved by Health Canada, and offer protection from COVID-19.
Deciding to get the vaccine
Anyone in Peel who wants to be vaccinated will have access to the COVID-19 vaccine based on Ontario's phased approach. No one will be forced to take the vaccine, and no one will receive the vaccine without consenting first. You have the right to decline vaccination at your appointment at any time.
For details on the types of COVID-19 vaccines available in Canada and how the vaccines work, refer to about the COVID-19 vaccine for more details.
Adults 50 years or older living in hot spot communities
If you live within any of the following postal codes, you can book an appointment. You'll be using Ontario’s vaccine booking system.
The select communities include:
- L4T, L4W, L4X, L4Z
- L5A, L5B, L5C, L5K, L5L, L5M, L5N, L5R, L5V, L5W
- L6P, L6R, L6S, L6T, L6V, L6W, L6X, L6Y, L6Z
- L7A, L7C
People with highest and high-risk health conditions
Eligible individuals with the following conditions, along with one of their caregivers, have been prioritized for immunization. If eligible, you can book an appointment.
- Organ transplant recipients
- Hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients
- Neurological diseases in which respiratory function may be compromised (motor neuron disease, myasthenia gravis, multiple sclerosis)
- Haematological malignancy diagnosed less than 1 year
- Kidney disease eGFR greater than 30
- Obesity of BMI greater than 40
- Other treatments causing immunosuppression (chemotherapy, immunity weakening medications)
- Intellectual or developmental disabilities (Down Syndrome)
Active health care workers
All health care workers (including custodial, security, reception staff, etc.) working in the following sectors and settings, including those working in-person and remotely, have been prioritized to receive their COVID-19 immunizations.
- Acute care and other hospital settings
- Paramedicine (including ORNGE)
- Long-term care homes
- Retirement homes
- Personal support workers (PSWs) and nurses providing home and community care services or supports in congregate or community settings
- Team supporting outbreak response
- COVID-19 assessment centres
- COVID-19 vaccine clinics and mobile immunization teams
- COVID-19 isolation centres
- COVID-19 labs
- Mobile testing teams
- Indigenous health care services
- Needle exchange services and supervised consumption sites
- Primary care and community-based physicians and specialists, including their office staff
- Dentists, dental hygienists, denturists, dental technologists and their office staff
- Community-based patient-facing workers in pharmacies (including pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, pharmacy assistants and cashiers that are working in the pharmacy dispensary)
- Patient transfer services
- Laboratory services
- Campus health
- Community diagnostic imaging
- Registered dieticians
- Independent health facilities (opticians, optometry, podiatry, audiology, speech-language pathology, medical and surgical specialties)
- Naturopathy and holistic care
- Social work
- Sexual health clinics
- Non-acute rehabilitation and therapy
- Chronic pain clinics
- Occupational therapy
- Registered massage therapy, acupuncture, other therapy
- Developmental and disability services
- Mental health and addictions
- Canadian Blood Services
- Public health
- High-risk community-based providers serving specialized patient populations
- Community Health Centres
- Adult Day Programs
- Home and Community Care
- Correctional facilities
Active health-affiliated workers, working in-person, are also eligible to receive their COVID-19 vaccinations:
- Firefighters providing medical response
- Police providing medical first response
- School-based health care providers (e.g., psychologists, occupational therapists, social workers, speech-language pathologists)
- Quarantine officers at Toronto Pearson Airport
- Metrolinx Special Constables
- TransHelp drivers
Frontline staff working in the following congregate settings:
- Assisted living
- Seniors congregate settings
- Residential facilities
- Hospices and palliative care
- Supportive housing
Faith leaders who have regular, in-person close contact with persons and families in the following circumstances have also been prioritized:
- End of life care
- Care of the deceased, funerals, bathing, or other ceremony with direct contact with deceased persons
- Home visits to unwell persons
- Pastoral care in hospitals, long-term care homes, retirement homes, or other vulnerable settings.
Education staff supporting students with complex special education needs in all Peel schools are defined as those who support students who meet one or more of the following criteria:
- Who require support with activities of daily living, including health and safety measures.
- Are unable to wear masks for medical reasons.
- Have complex medical needs.
- Cannot be accommodated through remote learning.
To book an appointment call 1-888-999-6488.
You'll be asked identifying questions such as the school or school board you work in.
Bring the following to your appointment:
- Your proof of eligibility form or email, featuring your name and position, provided by the school board or principal
- Identification (e.g., health card)
Adults 60 years or older
Adults 60 years or older can now book appointments. You'll be using Ontario’s vaccine booking system.
Indigenous adults and their adult household members
First Nations, Inuit, and Métis adults and their household members who are 18 years or older can now book appointments.
Priority groups and vaccine allocation are directed by the Ontario government. This direction, along with considerations of vaccine supply, distribution, and administration, guides the order of who will be vaccinated in Peel.
Adult recipients of home care
- Recipients of home care 18 years of age and older