This page will be updated as new information becomes available, so please check back regularly.
Health care providers can find the most up-to-date guidance from the Ministry of Health by accessing the COVID-19 Vaccine-Relevant Information and Planning Resources page.
Who is getting the COVID-19 Vaccines?
What can you do right now?
Until vaccines are widely available, it is important to take steps to protect yourself, your loved ones and our community against COVID-19. This includes following all public health measures, like staying home as much as possible, keeping 2 metres distance from others, wearing your mask and washing your hands often. Learn more about things you can do to reduce virus spread.
Why get vaccinated?
Vaccines are a very important tool in stopping the spread of COVID-19. When a large percentage of the population becomes immune to COVID-19, the virus will slow down or stop entirely. This is called 'herd immunity' or 'community immunity'.
- The percentage of people who need to be immune for it to be considered community immunity is different for each disease. For example, 80% of the population must be immune to polio but 95% must be immune to measles for community immunity.
- More research is needed to find out was percentage of people need to be vaccinated to achieve community immunity for COVID-19.
The COVID-19 vaccine is a safe way to become immune to COVID-19 infection. The vaccines are continuously monitored and were approved using the same strict guidelines that are used for all vaccines. For more information on the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine, see the Ministry of Health.
Both approved vaccines have been shown to be very effective in preventing COVID-19 infection after 2 doses based off evidence from their vaccine trials.
- The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine shows to be 95% effective 1 week after the second dose.
- The Moderna vaccine shows to be 94.1% effective 2 weeks after the second dose.
- The AstraZeneca shows to be 62% effective 2 weeks after the second dose.
COVID-19 Vaccines Factsheet - TBDHU
Vaccines and Treatment for COVID-19: Progress - Government of Canada
What you need to know about the COVID-19 Vaccine for Canada - Government of Canada
COVID-19 Vaccine-Relevant Information and Planning Resources - Ontario Ministry of Health
COVID-19 Vaccines - Centre for Effective Practice