COVID-19 Vaccines

Western Health’s vaccine clinics will provide both flu vaccines and COVID-19 vaccines, including the bivalent booster beginning October 17, 2022. Residents may receive both vaccines safely at the same time.

Appointments are required for both the influenza and COVID vaccine. If you choose to receive both vaccines during the same visit to a vaccine clinic but appointments are not available at the same time on that day, please book appointments for both and arrive at the vaccine clinic at the earliest appointment time. The clinic staff will provide both vaccines and make efforts to minimize your wait time.

Individuals are eligible to receive their COVID booster 20 weeks from their last vaccine dose or 3 months from COVID-19 infection. 

The Bivalent Vaccine is currently available for the following individuals:

-Aged 18 and over
-Aged 12 years to 18 years who have an underlying medical condition that places them at high risk of severe COVID-19 disease.

Individuals who are older than five, but not yet 18 can still receive a booster dose, however, they will be given the original vaccine.

Online booking is available for vaccine appointments (except 6 month to 5-year-olds). Appointments can be booked online here. Those unable to book online can schedule an appointment by calling 1-833-703-5470 toll free. Individuals who are homebound and not able to visit a vaccine clinic/physician office can call 1-833-703-5470 to coordinate a home visit.

Individuals who are at least six months of age, but not yet five are still able to receive a primary series of COVID vaccine, however they are not eligible for boosters at this time. COVID Vaccine appointments for children under five will not be offered at vaccine clinics.  Please contact your local public health office to coordinate an appointment time.

Western Health reminds the public to arrive for their appointment no earlier than ten minutes in advance, to bring their MCP card and to wear a short-sleeved shirt. Further instructions will be provided on site.

Residents may also receive their shots through their family physician or local pharmacy. Physicians can administer the vaccine to everyone, regardless of age, while pharmacists can administer the vaccine to people five years of age and older.

See Western Health's vaccine clinic schedule here. The most current list of Public Health Offices offering COVID-19 vaccines can be found here.

Screening and COVID-19 Testing
COVID-19 Screening
Effective March 14, 2022:
Visitors/support persons are directed to self-screen for COVID-19; this replaces the previous verbal screening by a staff member at point-of-entry.
Patients, residents and clients will continue to be screened at registration and can proceed directly to registration upon arrival at the health-care facility.

Visitation is not permitted if the support person/visitor is symptomatic (i.e. experiencing any one or more symptoms of COVID-19) or self-isolating (except in specific situations such as labour and delivery and end-of-life visitation and only in consultation with the patient/resident’s clinical care team).

Visitors/support persons are directed to follow signage at the health-care facility they are visiting and must successfully meet the screening requirements before proceeding inside of the health-care facility. Visitors/support persons can also complete the below self-screening prior to arrival at the health-care facility.

Visitor/Support Person: COVID-19 Screening

1. Do you have any one or more of the following symptoms?

Fever (including chills/sweats).
New onset of muscle aches.
Vomiting or diarrhea for more than 24 hours.
New or worsening:

Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.
Runny, stuffy or congested nose (not related to seasonal allergies or other known causes/conditions).
Sore throat or difficulty swallowing.
Acute loss of sense of smell or taste.
Unusual fatigue, lack of energy.
Loss of appetite.
If yes, do not visit.

2. Are you self-isolating (including modified self-isolation)?

If yes, do not visit (except in specific situations for labour and delivery and end-of-life visitation, and only in consultation with the clinical care team).

All visitors/support persons must:

Wear a well-fitted medical mask. Cloth masks and masks with exhalation valves are not permitted.
Perform hand hygiene.
Follow all guidelines for the unit/area you are visiting. (Visitation policy: Two people may visit at the same time).
Patient Screening: Patients, residents and clients are screened at point of registration. The COVID-19 screening tool allows for any necessary precautions (e.g. personal protective equipment and isolation protocols) to be put in place, as required, to help protect patients, staff and physicians as they provide health-care services. Patients are directed to contact the relevant clinic prior to arriving for their appointment at an Western Health hospital or facility if they are experiencing one or more symptoms of COVID-19 or are self-isolating

COVID-19 Testing
All patients requiring hospital admission will be screened by a series of questions via the COVID-19 Triage Screening tool; individuals who have any symptoms of COVID-19 or are self-isolating will be tested for COVID-19.

Western Health continues to do COVID-19 testing for scheduled appointments that require an aerosol generating medical procedure (AGMP) such as, but not limited to, an upper endoscopy or a bronchoscopy. Individuals who have a planned admission to one of our hospitals for an aerosol generating medical procedure (AGMP), or who have an outpatient appointment for an AGMP will be contacted up to 72 hours in advance to have a COVID-19 swab test completed prior to admission/procedure. Patients will be required to isolate from the time the swab is taken until the time for their procedure or surgery.



VACCINE SCHEDULE available here

Make your appointment online here or by calling 1-833-703-5470 toll free.