Region of Durham

Select your priority group to start your appointment booking:

  • All residents must be at least 18-years old on the day of their vaccination appointment
  • This priority group can book at a hot spot pop-up clinic or mass immunization clinics in Ajax, Pickering or Whitby
  • See the hot spot pop-up clinic schedule

  • Individuals 50 years of age and older
  • Includes individuals who will be turning 50 in 2021

Group 1:

  • Elementary/secondary school workers who typically work in-person (educators, custodial, school bus drivers, administrative staff)
  • Workers responding to critical events (including police, fire, special constables, emergency management and critical infrastructure restoration workers)
  • Children's aid society workers
  • Enforcement, inspection, and compliance roles (including by-law enforcement, building inspectors, food inspectors, animal welfare inspectors, border inspections officers, labour inspectors/WSIB field workers)
  • Foster care agency workers (including customary care providers)
  • Food manufacturing and distribution workers
  • Agriculture and farm workers
  • Funeral, crematorium, and cemetery workers

Group 2:

  • Essential and critical retail workers (including grocery, foodbank and non-clinical pharmacy workers, ServiceOntario workers, Service Canada and Passport Canada workers, wholesalers and general goods, restaurant workers, LCBO)
  • Workers in manufacturing industries directly involved in supporting the COVID-19 response, construction including infrastructure, and other essential businesses and services where facilities are at heightened risk for COVID-19 outbreaks and spread
  • Social workers and other social services staff providing in-person client services (including youth justice workers, OW and ODSP case workers)
  • Courts and justice system workers (including probation and parole workers)
  • Transportation, warehousing and distribution workers (including public transit workers, truck drivers supporting essential services, marine and rail cargo and maintenance, highway maintenance)
  • Electricity (including workers employed in system operations, generation, transmission, distribution and storage)
  • Communications infrastructure workers (including cellular, satellite, landline, internet, public safety radio)
  • Water and wastewater management workers
  • Financial services workers (bank branch staff)
  • Veterinarians and veterinary teams
  • Waste management workers
  • Oil and petroleum workers (including those working in petroleum refineries, those involved in the storage, transmission and distribution of crude oil and petroleum products and those needed for the retail sale of fuel)
  • Natural gas and propane gas workers (including those working in the compression, storage, transmission and distribution of natural gas and propane)
  • Mine workers (including those needed to ensure the continued operation of active mines)
  • Uranium processing workers (those working in the refining and conversion of uranium and fabrication of fuel for nuclear power plants)

Staff who provide direct in-person support to students with complex special needs in Durham Region. Eligible staff support students who meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Require support with activities of daily living, including health and safety measures
  • Are unable to wear masks for medical reasons
  • Have complex medical needs and cannot be accommodated through remote learning

The letter must include:

  • A statement that the individual is eligible
  • Individual's name
  • Individual's address
  • Child Care License Number of the main site where the individual works
  • The letter should be on the organization’s letterhead if possible

  • Supportive housing
  • Developmental services/intervenor including supported independent living (SIL)
  • Emergency homeless shelters & homeless populations not in shelters
  • Mental health and addictions congregate living (e.g., supportive housing, hospital psychiatric patients)
  • Homes for special care
  • Employer-provided living accommodations for temporary foreign agricultural workers (i.e. on-farm temporary foreign workers and other staff working on these farms; does not include agriculture/farm workers NOT living/working in this type of congregate setting).
  • Adult correctional facilities
  • Violence against women (VAW) shelters & Anti-human trafficking (AHT) residences
  • Children residential facilities (includes foster parents)
  • Youth justice facilities
  • Indigenous healing and wellness
  • Bail beds & Indigenous bail beds
  • Provincial and demonstration schools (provide programming for students who are deaf, blind/low vision, deafblind or have severe learning disabilities)

  • Refer to dosing intervals; some conditions are eligible for 21-28 day dosing
    • Organ transplant recipients and individuals awaiting organ transplant
    • Hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients
    • Neurological diseases in which respiratory function may be compromised (e.g., motor neuron disease, myasthenia gravis, multiple sclerosis)
    • Blood cancer diagnosed less than 1 year
    • Kidney disease with eGFR less than 30
    • One primary essential caregiver is included for individuals in the highest-risk health conditions group if they require regular and sustained assistance with personal care and/or activities of daily living
    • Proof of Eligibility Requirements: Verbally attest to having one of the above health conditions

  • Will need to attest they have spoken with their health care provider to discuss risks and benefits of vaccination prior to being vaccinated
  • One primary essential caregiver is included for individuals in the high-risk health conditions group if they require regular and sustained assistance with personal care and/or activities of daily living

  • Obesity (BMI greater than 40)
  • Other treatments causing immunosuppression (e.g., chemotherapy, immunity weakening medications)
  • Intellectual or developmental disabilities (e.g., Down Syndrome)
  • One primary essential caregiver is included for individuals in the high-risk health conditions group if they require regular and sustained assistance with personal care and/or activities of daily living
  • Proof of Eligibility Requirements: Verbally attest to having one of the above health conditions

  • Proof of Eligibility Requirements: Verbally attest to receiving chronic home care services

  • Providing: End of life care, Care of deceased, funerals, bathing, or ceremonies with direct contact with deceased persons, Home visits to unwell persons, Pastoral care in hospitals/LTCHs/RHs or other vulnerable settings
  • Proof of Eligibility Requirements: Verbally attest to being a faith leader providing the above services

  • Proof of eligibility requirements: Status Card, Métis Card, N Number, self-identify

  • Workers may be volunteers, learners, and third-party workers who regularly work in the setting (e.g., agency workers, other third-party workers)
  • Workers who are actively in their roles at the time of planned or anticipated vaccination
  • Workers that have been redeployed should be assessed based on their place of work or role at the time of the planned or anticipated vaccination
  • Frontline workers are those that hold public facing roles or must work in-person with other workers in their workplace in order to deliver essential goods or services and where protective measures such as maintaining physical distancing is not always possible

  • All staff are eligible – all health care workers and other staff or volunteers, including those who do NOT provide direct patient care are eligible (e.g., custodial, security, reception staff).
  • Audiology clinics
  • Chiropractic/massage/kinesiology clinics
  • Chronic pain clinics
  • Community health clinics – needle exchange, aboriginal health care, home and community care workers
  • Dentistry/oral surgeon clinics
  • Hospital workers
  • Independent health specialties
  • Lab/diagnostic services
  • LTC and retirement home staff and essential caregivers
  • Medical first responder in the community (including police, fire, coast guard)
  • Mental health, addictions
  • Midwifery practice
  • Naturopath and holistic care clinics
  • Nutritionists
  • Optometrists, optician clinics
  • Pharmacies
  • Physiotherapy, occupational therapy, non-acute rehab/therapy
  • Podiatrist clinics
  • Primary health care provider clinics/NP lead clinic/medical specialists clinics
  • Psychology, psychiatry, psychotherapy clinics
  • Public health
  • Sexual health clinics
  • Walk-in clinic/campus health centres

  • Direct care staff only. Only workers providing a health service or direct patient care are eligible (e.g., a peer worker at a shelter, worker performing personal support services in an assisted living facility or youth worker in a group home). Individuals must provide in-person care and cannot work from home. Office staff are NOT currently eligible.
  • Non-health care settings include:
    • Adult day programs
    • Congregate living staff (e.g., shelters, correctional settings, residential facilities, assisted living)
    • Developmental services
    • Nurse providing patient care in a school/daycare
    • Social work/social services
    • Assisted living facility (e.g. personal support worker)

Carefully review the following questions:

  1. Do you have any allergies to the vaccine components (Moderna, Pfizer)?
  2. Do you have any other active infection?
  3. Are you experiencing signs/symptoms of COVID-19 infection?
  4. Have you received another vaccine (not a COVID-19 vaccine) in the past 14 days?
  5. Do you have an uncontrolled bleeding disorder?
  6. Are you immunosuppressed due to disease or treatment, or do you have an autoimmune disorder?
  7. Are you or could you be pregnant?
  8. Are you breastfeeding?
  9. Have you ever had a severe allergic reaction NOT related to vaccines (e.g.: food, drug, venom, latex, etc.)?

    You are still eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Please note that at the clinic, you will be asked to complete a longer observation time of 30 minutes after you receive your vaccination. Continue to the next question.

  10. Have you ever had a serious reaction following immunization that has not been investigated by a physician AND reported to your local health unit?

    Please contact the Durham Health Connection Line at 1-800-841-2729 or 905-668-2020 prior to booking a vaccination appointment. We need to follow-up to ensure it is safe for you to receive the vaccine at our clinics.