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Before and After your COVID-19 Vaccine

Children 5-11 years: Don't receive any other vaccines from now until at least 14 days after this dose of your COVID-19 vaccine, unless considered necessary by your health care provider. Learn how to prepare your 5-11 year old child for their vaccination.

Once you arrive, you will be asked to provide consent. Read the Ministry of Health documents for your age group and this page so that you'll be ready to provide consent at the clinic:

For adults 18 years of age and older

For youth 12 to 17 years of age

Download the COVID-19 Vaccine Information Sheet: For Youth (age 12-17)

For children and youth 5 to 17 years of age

For children 5 to 11 years of age

Before you leave for your vaccine

  • Screen yourself for symptoms of COVID-19 (see Step 2: Screening under "At the clinic"). If you booked an appointment and you're feeling unwell on the day of your appointment, cancel and book a COVID-19 test.
  • Take any regular medication
  • Make sure to eat before coming to the vaccination clinic to prevent feeling faint or dizzy while being vaccinated
  • Wear a loose-fitting top or a t-shirt
  • Dress for the weather, as you may need to wait outside

What to bring

  • Bring the booking appointment confirmation number you received when you made your appointment
  • Your green health card. You can still get vaccinated if you don't have a health card. Bring another government-issued photo identification with you.
  • A mask
  • A screenshot or photo of your screening results if you complete screening before the onsite screening
  • Children can bring an object with them to get their mind off the needle. For example, a mobile device, fidget spinner or book.

For more information, read the Ministry of Health documents about what you need to know before your COVID-19 vaccine appointment for your age group:

At the clinic

Step 1: Arrival

Upon arrival, let the outdoor clinic staff know if this is your first, second or third dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

Step 2: Screening

Each person entering the vaccination clinic must complete an individual screen. You have three options to complete the screening.

  • Option 1: Before you line up. Answer the questions online and take a screenshot, or picture on your mobile if using a desktop computer, of the results page for each person who is entering the clinic. You will need to show your results at the screening desk.
  • Option 2: In the lineup. Follow the instructions for self-screening on the 'Get Screened for COVID-19' sign outside the clinic using your smartphone. Remember to take a screenshot of the results page for each person who is entering the clinic. You will need to show your results at the screening desk.
  • Option 3: At the screening desk. If you don't have a screenshot of your results, clinic staff will ask you the screening questions for COVID-19.

You will be given a handout to read with information about the vaccine. The handout will also have a list of questions the health care provider will ask you in Step 4.

If you're told not to enter the vaccination clinic because you're at increased risk of COVID-19 transmission, you will need to defer your vaccination. If you booked an appointment, you can reschedule.

Step 3: Check-in

You will be called to a registration desk where your green health card will be scanned. If you don't have a health card, you can still get vaccinated.

Step 4: Vaccination

You will be directed to a table to get your COVID-19 vaccination.

If you have fainted, or became dizzy with previous vaccinations or procedures, or if you have a high level of fear about injections, tell the health care provider so that appropriate supports can be offered.

If the health care provider at the vaccination clinic advised you to defer your COVID-19 vaccination, you will need to defer your vaccination. If you booked an appointment, you can reschedule.

Step 5: Waiting area

You will sit in our waiting area for 15 minutes after getting vaccinated. Sit on a chair that has papers on the seat. This means your chair has been cleaned and disinfected. Make sure the sticker you're given is visible. Don't put your coat or sweater on top of the sticker.

Step 6: Check-out

You will receive proof of vaccination that you can take with you.

After getting your COVID-19 vaccine

For more information on what to expect in the days after vaccination, read the Ministry of Health's After Your COVID-19 Vaccine document

More information


For questions about COVID-19 vaccination, call the COVID-19 Info-Line at 905-688-8248 or 1-888-505-6074, press 7.