GETTING THE COVID-19 VACCINE

COVID-19 vaccine appointments are booked through the province of Ontario COVID-19 vaccine booking system. Residents can book an appointment:

For more information on finding a vaccine clinic near you, visit Peterborough Public Health’s website.

ELIGIBILITY

All residents 18 years of age and older are eligible to schedule their COVID-19 vaccine appointment through the Ontario’s booking portal. Visit the COVID-19 Clinic page and click on the COVID-19 Immunization Schedule to determine if you are eligible for a third, fourth, or fifth booster dose.

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:

All residents aged 12-17 years of age are eligible to receive 3 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Residents aged 12-17 year old’s will receive a 30mcg dose of the Pfizer vaccine. Learn more information about the youth COVID-19 vaccine or book a COVID-19 appointment.

Children aged 5-11 are eligible for a Health Canada approved COVID-19 vaccine. Residents ages 5-11 are eligible for a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. 5-11 year old’s will receive a 10mcg dose of the Pfizer vaccine. Learn more about the youth COVID-19 vaccine or book a COVID-19 appointment.

Health Canada has now approved a COVID-19 vaccine for residents ages 6 months to under 5 years. Residents 6 months to under 5 years of age can receive two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Children ages 6 months to under 5 years can receive two doses of the Moderna Spikevax COVID-19 vaccine. It is recommended that the doses are separated by an 8 week interval.

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

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.

Receiving a Vaccine after COVID-19 Infection

As of February 4, 2022, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) updated their recommendations about receiving a COVID-19 vaccine after having a COVID-19 infection.

If you need a first or second dose and have previously had COVID-19:

  • it is recommended that these individuals receive their next dose (dose 1 or 2) at least 8 weeks after their symptoms started or the day they tested positive.

If you need a booster dose and have previously had COVID-19:

  • it is recommended that these individuals receive their booster dose at least 3 months after their symptoms started or the day they tested positive, ensuring it is at least 6 months after receiving the second dose.