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Getting Your Vaccine at UHN

Thank you for your commitment to keeping yourself, your loved ones and your community safe.

Below is some information to help you get ready for your appointment at a UHN vaccine clinic. For more information about the vaccine, including medical information for special conditions, visit our Vaccine FAQ page.

Contact

For questions about your appointment, vaccine confirmation or to change your information in COVax, please fill out our Request to Contact form.

Please read this information carefully before your appointment.


What is the screening process for the vaccine?

The vaccine is approved for people who are 16 years of age or older. Priority groupings for receiving the vaccine are being designated by the Province of Ontario and will be shared by the Ministry of Health.

If you have any of the following conditions when you arrive for your appointment, you will NOT be able to get vaccinated:

  • Symptoms of COVID-19 such as:
    • fever
    • sore throat
    • runny nose with unknown cause
    • new onset or worsening cough
    • difficulty breathing
    • shortness of breath
    • unexplained headache
    • unexplained fatigue or muscle aches
    • decreased or loss of sense of taste or smell
    • nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
    • chills
    • eye pain or pink eye
  • An active infection other than COVID-19
  • Received any other vaccines in the last 14 days

Read our Vaccine FAQ for updated guidance for pregnancy, breastfeeding, allergies and other medical conditions.

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Location of vaccination clinics

UHN is currently only vaccinating at our UofT St. George Clinic. Visit our Vaccine Clinic page for detailed information, including Accessibility info. You will be asked screening questions at the entrance to all our clinics.

UofT St. George Clinic

255 McCaul Street

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Coming for your appointment

  • Arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled time. This will ensure safe physical distancing while waiting for appointments.
    • Please do not come any earlier – you will only receive your vaccine at your designated appointment time.
  • Be sure to wear a comfortable shirt which is very loose along your arms or is sleeveless. There are no privacy curtains available and the vaccine is given in the upper arm/shoulder and must be accessible for the vaccinator.
  • The appointment will take approximately 60 minutes, from registration to observation immediately following the injection.
  • Please bring the following pieces of identification with you:
    • Your Ontario health insurance (OHIP) card, if you have one
    • Government-issued ID with picture
    • Employee ID Badge: Hospital or Long-Term Care staff (if applicable)

Caregivers and/or Support Persons at Appointments

UHN's No Visitor Policy is in effect due to COVID-19 restrictions. There is no access to our vaccine clinics for the public, visitors or caregivers who have not been pre-approved. You may come with a family member, loved one or caregiver but they must remain outside the vaccination centre.

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When you arrive

  • You must wear a mask and wait in a line outside the clinic entrance with clients who are physically distanced by 2 metres (6 feet).
  • At your scheduled time, you will be asked to sanitize your hands and put on a medical mask. If you are wearing gloves, you will be asked to remove them and sanitize your hands.
  • You will be asked screening questions about your health, symptoms of COVID-19, recent travel outside of Canada, and close contact with people who have COVID-19 or suspected COVID-19. You must pass the entrance screening to proceed with your vaccination.
  • The clinic staff will ask you a series of questions to determine vaccine eligibility. You will be asked to complete a paper consent form.
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Receiving the vaccination

You will receive the vaccine through a needle in your upper arm.

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After the injection

  • You will be required to wait 15 minutes after the vaccine is given so you can be watched for any side effects. You may leave after this time, as long as you are feeling well. There will be medical personal on-site to manage side effects in the unlikely case of emergency.
    • If you have allergies, we may ask you you may need to wait up to 30 minutes. Read our Vaccine FAQ for more information on what to do if you have allergies.
  • You may resume all your usual activities after being immunized. You must continue to mask and follow all public health guidelines.
  • Every person who receives a vaccine will receive a vaccine record with instructions related to side effects, further doses if required and where to call with any questions.
  • It is important to remember that all recipients of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines must receive a second immunization dose. You must receive the same vaccine type for both doses (ie. Two doses of Moderna or two doses of Pfizer).
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    Vaccine side effects

    The COVID-19 vaccine may cause side effects that are similar to what you might experience with other vaccines. The most common side effects of receiving a vaccine are mild and can include:

    • Pain, swelling, and/or redness at the injection site
    • Headache
    • Stomach and digestive complaints (e.g., nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and/or stomach pain)
    • Muscle or joint pain
    • Tiredness
    • Chills/fever
    • Enlarged lymph nodes

    Most of these side effects are mild to moderate. On average they do not last longer than a few days.

    Should you develop any of the following symptoms or allergic reactions, seek medical attention right away. Symptoms of an allergic reaction or severe side effects include:

    • Hives
    • Swelling of the face, tongue or throat
    • Difficulty breathing, hoarseness or wheezing
    • High fever (over 40°C or 104°F)
    • Convulsions or seizures

    The vaccine clinic will not be following up with advice on managing symptoms post-vaccine. You will need to report any side effects or severe vaccine reaction to your physician or local health public health unit. If you experience a severe allergic reaction, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital. Please report any side effects or severe vaccine reaction to your physician or local health public health unit. If you experience a severe allergic reaction, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital.

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    Tools to keep your immunization record

    • You will receive a proof card from the vaccine clinic at the time of your vaccine, indicating that you have received the COVID-19 vaccine. Ensure you bring this to your 2nd appointment.
    • If you agree to receive communication via email on the COVID-19 Vaccine Consent Form, you will get an email that you received the COVID-19 vaccine.
    • Be sure to update your family physician that you have been vaccinated.
      • For TeamUHN and hospital collaborative staff: You must update the Occupational Health and Safety department at your workplace.
    • CANImmunize is a digital tool for Canadians that securely stores your vaccination records.
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