To help you learn more about Ontario’s vaccination program to protect us against COVID-19, we've put together list of common asked questions. This page is constantly being updated as more information becomes available. If you need further assistance, or would like to suggest an addition to the list below please call us at 905-639-7924 or send us a message.

About Vaccines

Safe and reliable vaccines can help protect you and your family from .Vaccines are an important tool to help stop the spread of the virus and allow individuals, families and workers to safely resume normal life. 

Our supply will not arrive all at once, so distribution will happen in stages. The goal is for everyone in Ontario to be able to get a covid 19 vaccination if they want one, as soon as enough doses are available from manufacturers.

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Vaccination Plan

To ensure the province is prepared to receive, store and administer COVID-19 vaccines when they arrive over the next several months, Ontario will roll out the vaccines in three phases, focusing first on vulnerable populations that are at greatest risk of .

Ontario’s vaccination plan provides vaccines, as recommended by the COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force in alignment with the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI). The NACI provides the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) with independent, ongoing medical, scientific, and public health advice. We are nearly 2 months in to the roll out of our three-phased vaccine distribution plan.

Phase 1

Started: December 15, 2020
Vaccinations will be available to: 
health care workers in hospitals, long-term care facilities and retirement homes; long-term care residentsessential caregiversretirement home residents, and urban Indigenous populations

When all steps have been taken to complete the first doses for the above individuals, first doses will then become available to the remainder of the Phase 1 population.

This group includes:

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Phase 2

Starting: March 2021
When more doses become available from the federal government, v
accinations will be expanded to: all members in phase 1; additional congregate care settings (for example, shelters); adults over 70 in expanded regions and other priority populations, based on available vaccine supply.

The following is an approximate date for when vaccines will become available to certain age groups.

  • By the 3rd week of March: Available for those in the 80+ age group
  • April 15th: Available for those 75+
  • May 1st: Available for those 70+
  • June 1st: Available to those 65+
  • July: Available to those 60+

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Phase 3

Starting: When vaccines are widely available
When vaccines are widely available from the federal government for everyone who wants to be immunized. Due to uncertainty around vaccine delivery, at this time we can not estimate a firm start date for phase 3. Vaccines will not be mandatory. The ethical framework, data and available vaccine supply will be used to prioritize groups in this phase.

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As their will be a limited supply of vaccines, at first, certain group of more vulnerable peoples will be given vaccination priority. The Ontario government has outlined who will be prioritized as vaccine distribution begins.

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Seniors 80 & over

  • I'm a senior over 80 living at home receiving support from a PSW. When will I receive my vaccine and how will I be notified?

    Halton Public Health Response (February 3/21):
    Adult recipients of chronic homecare have been identified as a priority group for Phase 1. Once supply from the federal government has stabilized, we will work with our LHIN partners to arrange vaccine. Please note the term “essential caregiver” is specific to persons who provide care to individuals in retirement homes or long-term care facilities.

  • I'm a senior over 80 living at home with no support from a PSW. When will I receive my vaccine and how will I be notified?

    Halton Public Health Response (February 3/21):

    The Ontario government has identified this group as a priority in Phase 2, which is stated to occur between March and July 2021, depending on supply from the federal government. A variety of communication channels are currently under development to advise Halton residents when they will be eligible for vaccination.


Vaccine safety is paramount, that is why Health Canada will only approve vaccines that have been deemed safe and effective for all Canadians. By clicking the below link, you can learn more about Health Canada’s review and authorization requirements for vaccines.

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Halton Public Health Updates

Mar. 1, 2021 - Vaccines for 80 and older News Release

News release from Halton Region annoucing their online booking system for residents 80 and older. Halton Region, like the 33 other public health units, has limited vaccine supply available based on supply from the federal government.

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Feb. 23, 2021 - Vaccination Site News Release

News release from Halton Region announcing the Vaccination sites.

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Feb.17, 2021 - Presentation to Regional Council

Update to Halton Region Council by Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Commissioner and Medical Officer of Health.

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