Last updated: October 13, 2021 at 12:15 p.m.

Vaccines will help protect us against COVID-19 and help to keep our community and businesses open. They enhance the body’s natural ability to fight infections. Protect yourself, your loved ones, including your children, and your community by getting vaccinated. Text “VACCINE” to 1-833-750-0888 for information about vaccines and how to get vaccinated.

The effectiveness of a two-dose vaccine series increases after the second dose. This is why it is important to get both doses for the best protection against COVID-19 and its more transmissible variants.

In Ontario, you are considered fully vaccinated if 14 days have passed since you have received one of the following:

  • The full series of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or any combination of such vaccines
  • One or two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada, followed by one dose of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or
  • Three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada

See information on getting an additional dose if you received a vaccine outside of Ontario/Canada.

There are many benefits of being fully vaccinated, including:

  • Protecting you and those around you from the COVID-19 infection, including the variants of concern such as the Delta variant, that could lead to severe illness, hospitalization and death
  • If you are a close contact of someone who has COVID-19, you may not be required to self-isolate
  • Helping you feel more comfortable returning to work, school, sports and activities you enjoy
  • Permitting you to participate in activities and enter certain non-essential businesses and organizations that must follow the Letter of Instruction or require proof of vaccination
  • Possible exemption from quarantine after travelling internationally
  • Consideration to remove masks when in a social setting with others who are fully vaccinated, if all feel comfortable

At this time we must continue practising public health measures to protect our community. Continue to keep your distance, wear a mask in indoor public places, wash your hands frequently and stay home when sick.

A small number of fully vaccinated people who are exposed to the virus may become infected with or without symptoms. As a result, if you have had close contact with someone who has COVID-19, you will still be asked to get two COVID-19 tests.

Learn more: What being vaccinated against COVID-19 means for me (Government of Canada)

While the vaccine will protect each of us individually, a goal of a vaccine program is to immunize the majority of the community so that we can reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Community immunity protects those who can’t get vaccinations like newborn babies and those with weak immune systems like the elderly. It is another way to protect others by reducing virus spread.

Download the Community Immunity infographic.