Eastern Ontatio Health Unit / Bureau de santé de l'Ontario

Preparing for Your COVID-19 Vaccination Appointment

Read what you need to know about your COVID-19 vaccine appointment. Please also read the COVID-19 Vaccine Information Sheet prior to your appointment. This information will help you prepare to consent to receiving your vaccine.

24 Hours Prior to Appointment

In the 24 hours before your appointment, take the online COVID-19 screening. If you do not pass the screening, please call the Provincial Vaccine Information Line at 1-888-999-6488 as soon as possible. Do not come to your vaccine appointment.

On the Day of Appointment

On the day of your appointment:

  • Wear a mask. Masks continue to be required at all EOHU clinics and offices.
  • Bring proof of eligibility. This may include:
    • age-based eligibility:
      • a piece of government issued ID showing your name, photo and date of birth (e.g. OHIP card, driver’s licence, passport)
    • worker-based eligibility:
      • employer issued identification showing your name, photo and the name of the employer or setting where you provide services
      • a pay stub or a printed letter from the employer or other setting recognizing you as a worker
  • To prepare, please read the COVID-19 Vaccine Information Sheet prior to your appointment.
  • Do not arrive any earlier than 5 minutes before your appointment time. You will be turned away and asked to come back if you arrive more than 5 minutes before your appointment time.
  • Follow the signs and line up as instructed.
  • Pass a passive COVID-19 screening on arrival.
    • If you fail the screening, you cannot be vaccinated, and will need reschedule your appointment or go to a walk-in clinic when you are able to pass the screening.
  • Have regular meals.
  • Wear short sleeves.
  • Read about what you need to know after your COVID-19 vaccine.

Precautions During Warm Weather: If there is a heat warning event on the day of your appointment, please follow all precautions to minimize your risk of heat-related illnesses. Symptoms of heat-related illnesses include:

  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Headache
  • Rapid breathing and heartbeat
  • Extreme thirst (dry mouth or sticky saliva)
  • Decreased urination with unusually dark yellow urine

Some precautions that can be taken include:

  • If your car has air conditioning, please do not wait outside in the heat. Remain in your air-conditioned car until your scheduled appointment time. Rest assured; you will not lose your appointment.
  • If you do not have air conditioning in your car or if you used an alternative transportation (e.g., taxi, friend, bus), find a shaded area to keep cool until 5 to 10 minutes before your appointment.
  • Hydrate prior to your appointment and stay hydrated by bringing a bottle of water.
  • Wear a hat, light coloured and loose-fitting clothing with breathable fabric.
  • Monitor yourself for heat-related symptoms and reach out if you need medical assistance.

A Quick Tour of an EOHU COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic

Youth-Led Video Tour of an EOHU COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic

Additional Resources