Ottawa Public Health and COVID-19 Vaccine Updates

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, Ottawa Public Health is shifting capacity in its COVID-19 vaccine clinics. This shift is intended to support vaccination of individuals and families by bringing clinics closer to where people live, work and play.


Resumption of after-school COVID-19 vaccination clinics


Starting Friday, January 21, Ottawa Public Health will resume after-school COVID-19 vaccination clinics, initially in neighbourhoods experiencing more barriers to vaccination or that have lower vaccination rates. A total of 49 after-school clinic locations will operate on a rotating schedule over the next several weeks. The initial clinic schedule is available on the Ottawa Public Health website and will continue to be updated with additional clinics.


These after-school clinics are drop-in only and will prioritize children aged five to 11 and their families. Those living in the surrounding communities who still need a first, second or booster dose are also welcome.

Ottawa Public Health is working with schools to ensure residents in nearby neighbourhoods are aware of the clinics through various channels including our website, emails from the school, flyers and through community partners. Parents and guardians can also call 613-580-6744 to speak to a public health nurse who can answer your questions and support you with information on COVID-19 vaccination.


EY Centre community clinic to cease operations


Saturday, January 22 will be the last day of COVID-19 vaccine clinic operations at the EY Centre. All scheduled appointments up to and including January 22 will be accepted. Anyone with appointments on January 23 will be contacted and offered an appointment at a nearby vaccination clinic. No appointments will be cancelled.


There is ample appointment and drop-in capacity for first, second and booster doses at our remaining community clinics:

  • François Dupuis Recreation Centre (2263 Portobello Boulevard)

  • Nepean Sportsplex Curling Rink (1701 Woodroffe Avenue)

  • University of Ottawa - Minto Sports Complex (801 King Edward Avenue)

  • JH Putman School (2051 Bel-Air Drive)

  • Eva James Memorial Centre (65 Stonehaven Drive)

  • Orleans Ruddy Family YMCA-YWCA (265 Centrum Boulevard)


Visit Ottawa Public Health’s clinic information page for more information including clinic hours. Drop-in capacity for these clinics will be shared daily on Ottawa Public Health social media channels (links below).


Vaccinations along with the public health measures in place for limiting COVID-19 transmission are our best strategy to protect ourselves, our loved ones and our frontline workers, to keep our healthcare system functioning effectively, and to support the full resumption of business and in-person learning.


OPH continues to work to improve vaccine confidence in Ottawa by highlighting personal experiences from members of the community. Please view and share the video by Dr. Sahar Al-Bakkal's, in Arabic on “Why get vaccinated for 5-11".


Other Shareable links (Vaccine Ambassador Stories)

· Punjabi Dr Ramandeep Chawla: ੋਵਿਦ-੧੯ ਵੈਕਸੀਨ ਦੇ ਬਾਰੇ ਵਿਚ ਕੁਛ ਸਵਾਲ ਜਵਾਬ ਤੁਹਾਡੀ ਭਾਸ਼ਾ ਦੇ ਵਿਚ ਦੇਣਗੇ ਅਸਲੀ ਡਾਕਟਰ - YouTube

· Spanish – Dr Christina Romulus: Doctores de verdad responden a preguntas sobre vacunas contra COVID-19 en vuestro propio idioma. - YouTube

· Spanish – Dr Miguel Cortel-Leblanc: Doctores de verdad responden a preguntas sobre vacunas contra COVID-19 en vuestro propio idioma. - YouTube

· Hindi – Dr Karan Sharma: Real Doctors Answer Your COVID-19 Vaccine Questions - Hindi - YouTube

· Turkish – Dr Berna Akcakir: Real Doctors Answer Your COVID-19 Vaccine Questions - Turkish - YouTube

· Arabic – Dr Cherif Ibrahim: :أطباء حقيقيون يجيبون على أسئلتكم حول لقاح كوفيد-۱۹بلغتكم - YouTube

· French – Dr Andree Michelle Cortel-Leblanc: Des médecins répondent à vos questions concernant les vaccins contre la COVID-19 dans votre langue - YouTube

· Cantonese – Dr Tracy Wong: 您身邊的醫生用您的語言回答 COVID-19 疫苗問題 - YouTube

· Polish – Dr Andrzej Rochowski: Prawdziwi lekarze odpowiadają na pytania dotyczące szczepionki COVID-19 w Twoim języku - YouTube

Links also available on the following pages:


Multicultural page: Multilingual Resources for Diverse Communities - Ottawa Public Health

Arabic portal: COVID-19 Arabic Portal - Ottawa Public Health

Community Immunity page: Community Immunity - Ottawa Public Health

Ottawa Board of Health Special Meeting:

Given the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19 in our community, the Chair of the Ottawa Board of Health will be convening a Special Meeting of the Board of Health on Monday, January 24th at 3 pm, so that Board Members can receive an update from Dr. Etches and the OPH team. This will also provide Board Members with an opportunity to ask questions in a public forum and weigh in on OPH’s ongoing response to the pandemic.


Residents are encouraged to watch this meeting which will be livestreamed via OPH’s YouTube channel.


Visit OttawaPublicHealth.ca/COVID19 to learn more about COVID-19, how you can protect yourself and others and what to do if you suspect you may be infected with the virus.

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