GETTING THE COVID-19 VACCINE

ELIGIBILITY

Individuals aged 18 and over can now receive a bivalent booster dose at a recommended interval of six months (or a minimum interval of three months) since the last dose, regardless of the number of doses already received.

All appointments for any dose of COVID-19 received at a Peterborough Public Health vaccine clinic must be booked using the provincial COVID-19 vaccine booking system:

With the Health Canada approval of the Pfizer bivalent vaccine, everyone aged 12 and over is eligible to get a bivalent COVID-19 booster dose if they have completed their primary COVID-19 vaccine series.

Learn more information about the youth COVID-19 vaccine or book a COVID-19 appointment.

Get general vaccine information

It’s okay to still have questions about the vaccine. If you do, you can:

  • talk to your child’s family doctor, paediatrician or nurse practitioner
  • contact the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre to speak to an agent or health specialist at 1-833-943-3900 (TTY for people who are deaf, hearing-impaired or speech-impaired: 1-866-797-0007), available in more than 300 languages, seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • book a confidential appointment with a registered nurse through the SickKids COVID‑19 Vaccine Consult Service at www.sickkids.ca/vaccineconsult or 1-888-304-6558 (appointments are available in multiple languages)
  • learn more from SickKids about COVID‑19 vaccines for children and youth
  • download our fact sheet on COVID‑19 Vaccines for Children and Youth
  • contact your local public health unit

Children aged 5-11 are eligible for a Health Canada approved COVID-19 vaccine.

Ages 5-11 can now receive their first booster dose at a recommended interval of at least six months following their most recent dose. Learn more about the youth COVID-19 vaccine or book a COVID-19 appointment.

Get general vaccine information

It’s okay to still have questions about the vaccine. If you do, you can:

  • talk to your child’s family doctor, paediatrician or nurse practitioner
  • contact the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre to speak to an agent or health specialist at 1-833-943-3900 (TTY for people who are deaf, hearing-impaired or speech-impaired: 1-866-797-0007), available in more than 300 languages, seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • book a confidential appointment with a registered nurse through the SickKids COVID‑19 Vaccine Consult Service at www.sickkids.ca/vaccineconsult or 1-888-304-6558 (appointments are available in multiple languages)
  • learn more from SickKids about COVID‑19 vaccines for children and youth
  • download our fact sheet on COVID‑19 Vaccines for Children and Youth
  • contact your local public health unit

The Pfizer and Moderna vaccine is available for children aged six months to under five years.

It is recommended for infants and children to receive the same vaccine – either Pfizer or Moderna – for all doses in a primary series.

Learn more about the youth COVID-19 vaccine or book a COVID-19 appointment.

Get general vaccine information

It’s okay to still have questions about the vaccine. If you do, you can:

  • talk to your child’s family doctor, paediatrician or nurse practitioner
  • contact the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre to speak to an agent or health specialist at 1-833-943-3900 (TTY for people who are deaf, hearing-impaired or speech-impaired: 1-866-797-0007), available in more than 300 languages, seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • book a confidential appointment with a registered nurse through the SickKids COVID‑19 Vaccine Consult Service at www.sickkids.ca/vaccineconsult or 1-888-304-6558 (appointments are available in multiple languages)
  • learn more from SickKids about COVID‑19 vaccines for children and youth
  • download our fact sheet on COVID‑19 Vaccines for Children and Youth
  • contact your local public health unit

DO I NEED A MEDICAL CONSULTATION BEFORE BEING VACCINATED?

Some people may need to consult their healthcare provider before booking a vaccine appointment. If you fall into any of the categories below, you will be required to have a medical consultation before receiving the vaccine.

  • You have a suspected hypersensitivity or have had an immediate allergic reaction to a previous dose of COVID-19 vaccine or polyethylene glycol (PEG) or Polysorbate

  • You have had a severe (e.g. anaphylaxis) or immediate allergic reaction to any other vaccine or injectable therapy (e.g. intramuscular, intravenous, or subcutaneous vaccines or therapies not related to a component of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines or polysorbates)

  • You have had a severe allergic reaction (e.g. anaphylaxis) not related to vaccines or injectable medications – such as allergies to food, pet, venom, latex, environment, etc.

  • You are or could be pregnant or breastfeeding

  • You have problems with your immune system or you are taking medications that can affect your immune system (e.g. high-dose steroids, chemotherapy)

  • You have an autoimmune disease

  • You have a bleeding disorder or you are taking medications that could affect blood clotting (e.g. blood thinners)

If you need a medical consultation, book an appointment with your healthcare provider before booking your vaccine appointment. The vaccine will be administered directly following your consultation if deemed to be medically appropriate.

Learn more about receiving a medical consultation in advance of your vaccine appointment here.