COVID-19 Vaccines

COVID-19 Vaccine

While COVID-19 vaccines will be offered to everyone who wants one by the end of 2021, Ontario’s Vaccination Plan has prioritized the initial doses for those who need it most.

Information on the COVID-19 vaccines is evolving but this page will be updated when new information is available.

The most important thing we can all do now is take the time to learn more about the vaccines and make informed choices for ourselves and our families.

To learn more about COVID-19 vaccines:

After vaccination

It is vital that everyone, even those who have been vaccinated, continue practicing public health measures including:  

  • staying home if you have any COVID-19 symptoms
  • getting tested for COVID-19 if you have symptoms or have been in close contact with a confirmed positive case of COVID-19
  • limiting gatherings to only members of your immediate household
  • maintaining a physical distance of 6 feet or 2 meters from others outside of your immediate household
  • wearing a mask or face covering indoors and outdoors when not able to maintain physical distancing
  • washing hands frequently

How can I help once I get vaccinated?

  • Share your story.
  • Tell others why you are getting vaccinated and encourage them to do the same.
  • Have conversations about COVID-19 vaccine with family, friends and coworkers.
  • Continue to follow public health measures.

Hamilton Public Health Services acknowledges that some people have experienced legitimate, longstanding, systemic issues that have damaged their trust in the health system. We commit to providing transparent, honest vaccine information to all community members as it becomes available. We encourage everyone to seek out multiple sources of information from reliable sources to inform your vaccine decisions. We are privileged to be one such source of information for you.

COVID-19 vaccination in Hamilton

Vaccine Eligibility and Distribution

Age Group Eligible Population How to Access your Vaccine
50 and older Hot spot postal codes for those community members 50 years of age and older who live in - L9C, L8W, L8L, L8N, L9K

L8W and L9C are eligible to book an appointment through the provincial portal that can be found at www.hamilton.ca/VaccineBooking Call Public Health Services COVID-19 hotline at 905-974-9848, option 7 for L8W, L9C L8L, L8N, L9K to book at a mobile hot spot pop-up clinic.

55 and older Pharmacy clinics adults aged 55+ Some pharmacies have a pre-registration process that can be found at covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations
55 and older Primary care pilot Eligible residents will be contacted directly by their primary care physician’s office to book appointments if their physician is a part of the pilot program.
60 and older Adults aged 60+

Eligible to book an appointment through the provincial portal that can be found at www.hamilton.ca/VaccineBooking.

If no internet access or for mobile pop-up clinic, call Public Health Services COVID-19 hotline at 905-974-9848, option 7.
60 and older Adults aged 60+ who are currently in hospital Registered through facility
Adult Urban Indigenous Call Public Health Services COVID-19 hotline at 905-974-9848, option 7 to book an appointment.
TBD Black and racialized population Registration and booking option coming soon
Adult All other congregate care settings & community living Registered through facility
Adult Special Education workers Identification of individuals by the school boards to the Province. Individuals will call the Provincial hotline to book if identified.
Adult Homebound individuals Identified and registered through homecare partners and primary care providers. Booked by Hamilton Paramedic Services.
Adult Faith-based leaders Register at www.hamilton.ca/VaccineRegistration. Booking link is emailed through the Provincial portal.
Adult Adults recipients of chronic homecare as identified by the LHIN Register at www.hamilton.ca/VaccineRegistration. Booking link is emailed through the Provincial portal.
Adult Senior congregate care settings Registration through the facility
Adult Shelter staff Register at www.hamilton.ca/VaccineRegistration. Booking link is emailed through the Provincial portal.
Adult Shelter residents Plan pending for additional clinics
Adult Essential caregivers (1) of highest health conditions

Eligible to book an appointment through the provincial portal that can be found at www.hamilton.ca/VaccineBooking.

If no internet access, call the Provincial hotline at 1-888-999-6488.

Adult

Specific health conditions (highest and high-risk) arrange for vaccination

Highest:

  • Organ transplant recipients
  • Hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients
  • Neurological diseases in which respiratory function may be compromised (e.g., motor neuron disease, myasthenia gravis, multiple sclerosis)
  • Haematological malignancy diagnosed <1 year
  • Kidney disease eGFR< 30
  • Chromosomal abnormalities (e.g. Downs Syndrome)

Eligible to book an appointment through the provincial portal that can be found at www.hamilton.ca/VaccineBooking.

If no internet access, call the Provincial hotline at 1-888-999-6488.
Adult

High:

  • Obesity (BMI > 40)
  • Other treatments causing immunosuppression (e.g., chemotherapy, immunity- weakening medications)
  • Other intellectual or developmental disabilities

Contacted through local hospitals/specialists and will be informed how to book their vaccine.

Adult Alternate Level of Care (ALC) patients, Satellite Health Facility, St. Peter’s Registered through the hospitals and facilities
Adult Healthcare workers hospital & community (all) Register at www.hamilton.ca/VaccineRegistration. Booking link is emailed through the Provincial portal.
Adult Long-term care/Retirement Home Essential caregivers or other congregate care settings for seniors (up to 2) Register at www.hamilton.ca/VaccineRegistration. Booking link is emailed through the Provincial portal.
Adult Long-term care/Retirement Home staff Register at www.hamilton.ca/VaccineRegistration. Booking link is emailed through the Provincial portal.
Adult Long-term care/Retirement Home residents Registration through the facility

Upcoming populations

Phase 2

  • Education workers
  • Cannot work from home (Essential & Front-Line Workers)

Phase 3

  • Remaining Hamiltonians in the general population who wish to be vaccinated will receive the vaccine

Read more about Hamilton’s vaccination plan

Get your COVID info on social?

Many people rely on social media to get information. We want to help you find reliable, truthful, and accurate information about COVID-19 vaccines, so follow these accounts to stay informed:

City of Hamilton

Twitter icon@CityofHamilton

Instagram icon@cityofhamilton

Health Canada / Public Health Agency of Canada

Twitter icon@GovCanHealth

Instagram icon@healthycdns

Healthy Canadians

Dr. Theresa Tam

Twitter icon@CPHO_Canada

Ontario Ministry of Health

Twitter icon@ONThealth

Ontario Ministry of Health

On COVID-19 Project (Youth)

Instagram icon@OnCOVID19

COVID-19 Vaccine Facts

Instagram icon@covidvaccinefacts

Discover more social media accounts to follow for specific populations.

If you have general questions about the COVID-19 vaccine:

You cannot book appointments to get the COVID-19 vaccine at this time. If you have personal medical questions related to the vaccine, please talk to your health care provider.