Getting the vaccine
Details about our COVID-19 vaccination program.
We’re booking appointments for eligible groups at clinics across Peel. Find out who can get the vaccine, and how to make your appointment.
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.
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.
Find who's currently eligible for vaccination in Peel, and what you'll need to bring to the appointment.
Upcoming group for vaccination - at risk health conditions
Residents with the following conditions are not currently eligible for vaccination. This group of health conditions will become eligible in the coming months during phase 2.
- Immune deficiencies and autoimmune disorders
- Stroke and cerebrovascular disease
- Liver disease
- All other cancers
- Respiratory diseases
- Spleen problems (asplenia)
- Heart disease
- Hypertension with end organ damage
- Mental health diagnosis or developmental disabilities not included in High-Risk (learning disabilities and ADHD)
- Substance use disorders
- Sickle Cell Disease
- Immunocompromising health conditions
- Other disabilities requiring direct support care in the community
Some pharmacies and primary care providers in Peel are offering the COVID-19 vaccine to eligible residents. Find out who can get the vaccine at these locations.