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Safe and effective vaccines will help protect us against COVID-19


Update - June 30, 2023


If you are not at high risk of severe COVID-19 illness and have received a booster dose after September 1, 2022, recommendations for when to receive your next booster dose will be available closer to Fall 2023.


COVID-19 vaccines are currently free and available to all individuals 6 months and older. 


High-risk groups are recommended to receive an additional COVID-19 booster if it has been at least 6 months since their last dose or confirmed COVID-19 infection.


High-risk groups consist of:

  • Individuals aged 65 years and older;
  • Residents of long-term care homes, retirement homes, Elder Care Lodges, and other congregate living settings for seniors;
  • Individuals aged 18 years and older living in a congregate care setting for people with complex medical care needs;
  • Pregnant individuals;
  • Individuals aged 18 years and older who are moderately to severely immunocompromised; and
  • Individuals aged 55 years and older who identify as First Nations, Inuit, or Métis and their non-Indigenous household members aged 55 years and older.


Individuals 5 years and older should consider delaying a COVID-19 booster dose until Fall 2023. Receiving a booster dose in the fall as respiratory season commences, will maximize protection against COVID-19 when peak circulation of the virus is expected. The decision to receive a booster dose prior to Fall may be appropriate for certain individuals based on their unique health status and personal situation. Individuals are encouraged to speak with their health care provider.


All Out of Province vaccines must be reported to Algoma Public Health and entered into the provincial system prior to booking an appointment for the bivalent booster dose. Please submit your proof of prior vaccinations to or contact us at our confidential Immunization Records line at 705-942-4646 ext. 3535