COVID-19 Symptoms, Positive Test Results or Close Contact
For general COVID-19 Vaccine information:
- Call Provincial Vaccine Info Line at 1-888-999-6488 (TTY 1-866-797-0007)
- Ask your health care provider
- Book appointment with SHN to speak with a doctor online or call 416-438-2911 ext. 5738
- Book appointment with Sick Kids Hospital to speak with a pediatric nurse about COVID-19 vaccines for youth.
For COVID-19 Vaccine booking information:
Call 905-974-9848, option 7
Have flu, COVID or cold symptoms and looking for medical support?
To help reduce pressure at significantly strained local hospital emergency departments, Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton (SJHH) have opened Flu, COVID & Cold Clinics, in partnership with primary care doctors.
For children and youth (17 and younger), learn more about the walk-in clinic at McMaster Children’s Hospital, including hours of operation, go to www.hamiltonhealthsciences.ca/coldandflu
For those 18+, learn more about the clinic at SJHH’s West 5th Campus, including hours of operation and how to book an appointment, go to www.StJoes.ca/FluCOVIDCold.
Case management and Contact tracing efforts by public health units are focused on specific highest risk settings where the person-to-person risk of transmission is high in a vulnerable population. As a result, individuals who have COVID-19 are being asked to notify any of their close contacts that are not in a highest risk setting. If someone you have been in contact with notifies you that you are a close contact, please follow the instructions provided to you related to isolation.
Highest risk settings include:
- Acute care settings such as hospitals, including complex continuing care facilities
- Congregate living settings with medically and socially vulnerable individuals, including but not limited to long-term care homes, retirement homes, First Nation elder care lodges, group homes, shelters, hospices, correctional institutions, and hospital schools
- Employer-provided living settings of international Agricultural Workers
Get Tested for COVID-19
If you have a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) at home, you can use it and follow the instructions if you have symptoms/test positive (see below).