45 percent of adults in Ottawa receive booster injection as third dose COVID-19 rollout continues

The city of Ottawa has one of the highest rates of booster doses administered in Ontario as the rush to get third doses in the arms continues as the Omicron variant spreads.

As of Friday, 378,574 residents aged 18 and older in Ottawa had received a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, representing 45.4 percent of eligible residents who received the booster dose.

Ottawa’s health officer, Dr. Vera Etches, received her third dose on Friday.

According to data from Public Health Ontario, Ottawa has the third highest rate of third dose administered in Ontario.

The Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Department of Public Health reports that 56 percent of residents age 18 and older have received a third dose. Overall, 46.5 percent of eligible adults in the Timiskaming Health Unit region have received a third dose.

The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark Health Unit reports that 44.6 percent of adults 18 years and older received three doses, the Eastern Ontario Health Unit says 34 percent of eligible adults received a third dose, while 33 .7 percent of eligible adults in Renfrew County have received the booster dose.

Beginning December 20, all Ontario residents 18 years and older will be eligible to receive a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, 84 days after receiving a second dose.

Ottawa Public Health is prioritizing certain groups to get a COVID-19 vaccine. The priority groups are:

  • Persons aged 60 and over

  • Education and childcare workers

  • Employees, volunteers and carers of residents of long-term care and rest homes

  • pregnant individuals

Residents in priority groups can use a new online COVID-19 vaccination pre-registration tool to access a walk-in appointment at a nearby Ottawa clinic.


The Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Public Health has the highest percentage of first doses for children ages 5 to 11 in Ontario, with 64 percent getting one dose.

Ottawa is second in Ontario, with 63 percent of children ages 5 to 11 getting the first dose.

Appointments can be made through the Government of Ontario’s COVID-19 Vaccine Portal, by calling the Provincial Vaccine Contact Center at 1-833-943-3900, and through select pharmacies and primary care facilities.


  • Ottawa residents with at least one dose (5+): 896,747

  • Ottawa residents with two doses (5+): 826,007

  • Three-dose Ottawa residents (18+): 378,574

  • Percentage of population aged 5 years and older on at least one dose: 90 percent

  • Percentage of Population Age 5 and Over with Two Doses: 83 percent

(Ottawa Public Health data as of Jan. 7)

Number of residents of Ottawa with three doses

  • 5-11: 0

  • 12-17: 680

  • 18-29: 43,641

  • 30-39: 45.237

  • 40-49: 50,980

  • 50-59: 72.279

  • 60-69: 75.023

  • 70-79: 57.797

  • 80 and older: 33,617

(According to Ottawa Public Health Data, 50 percent of adults 18 and older in Ottawa who received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have received a third dose)


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