​COVID-19 Vaccines

Getting vaccinated and staying up to date with your COVID-19 vaccinations is the best way to remain protected against the most severe outcomes of COVID-19 infection, including hospitalization and death.

Vaccination may not always prevent symptomatic infection, but it will help reduce severity if a person does become infected and decreases the risk of developing post COVID-19 condition (commonly known as long COVID).

As of January 2, BCHU will be ending its Community COVID-19 vaccine clinic operations. Participating pharmacies in Brantford-Brant will continue administering COVID-19 vaccines for all those six months-of-age and older.

BCHU will continue to offer limited COVID-19 vaccine appointments only to those between six months and 12 years-of-age.

Please consult the “How long should I wait before getting my next dose?” FAQ to ensure you have waited the appropriate time between doses.

Individuals six-months and older who are moderately to severely immunocompromised and receiving the vaccine for the first time and/or have not completed their primary series are recommended to receive at least one dose of the XXB vaccine formulation this winter.

Those that have not been previously vaccinated or who are recommended by their clinician to restart the vaccination series may need additional doses for their age. Please consult with Health Care Provider and Ministry Guidance (Table 1 B) for details.

COVID-19 vaccines are available at no cost, regardless of citizenship or immigration status, even if you do not have an Ontario health card. 

See the options below for how you can receive a COVID-19 vaccination in Brantford-Brant.

Many community pharmacies are offering COVID-19 vaccines.

Please see below for pharmacies who have offered the COVID-19 vaccine in Brantford-Brant:

Last updated: October 4, 2023

Brantford

Location Address Appointment Booking Info
Fairview Remedy’s 403 Fairview Drive, Unit 5 Brantford, ON. N3R 6T2 Book online
Guardian Discount Pharmacy 484 West Street, Brantford, ON. N3R 3W7 519-752-3104
Henry St Remedy’s 195 Henry street, Brantford, ON, N3S 5C9 519-753-6662
Loblaw Pharmacy 603 Colborne St East, Brantford, ON, N3S 7S8 519-752-6136
Loblaw Pharmacy 290 King George road, Brantford, ON, N3R 5L8 519-751-8990
Metro Pharmacy 371 St. Paul Avenue Brantford, ON. N3R 4N5 Book online
No Frills Pharmacy 603 Colborne Street Brantford, ON. N3S 7S8 Book online
North Brant Pharmacy 525 Park Road North, Unit 5 Brantford, ON. N3R 7K8 519-304-8855
Pharmasave Shellard Lane Pharmacy 230 Shellard Lane, Unit 7 Brantford, ON. N3T 0B9 519-759-6464
Remedy’s Rx 403 Fairview drive, Brantford, ON, N3R 6T2 519-759-3784
Rexall 260 St. Paul Avenue Brantford, ON, N3R 4M7 Book online
Shoppers Drug Mart 225 Fairview Drive Brantford, ON. N3R 7E3 Book online
Shoppers Drug Mart 269 Clarence Street Brantford, ON. N3R 3T6 Book online
Shoppers Drug Mart 84 Lynden Road Brantford, ON. N3R 6B8 Book online
Shoppers Drug Mart 185 King George Road, Unit 1 Brantford, ON. N3R 7R9 Book online
Shoppers Drug Mart 320 Colborne Street West Brantford, ON. N3T 1M2 Book online
Walmart Pharmacy 300 King George Road Brantford, ON. N3R 5L7 Book online
Wincare Drug Mart 353 St. Paul Avenue, Brantord, ON, N3R 4N3 519-751-4555

County of Brant

Location Address Appointment Booking Info
Rexall Pharmacy 72 Grand River Street North Paris, ON. N3L 2M2 Book online
Community Hub Pharmacy 25 Curtis Ave N, Paris, ON N3L 3W1 519-750-1264

Please note, pharmacy vaccine clinics are not affiliated or administered by BCHU. Individuals looking to make an appointment must contact a participating pharmacy directly to confirm vaccine availability and for information and support with appointment booking.

Please note: The Brant County Health Unit will be ending its Community COVID-19 vaccine clinic operations effective January 2, 2024. BCHU will continue to offer limited COVID-19 vaccine appointments only to those between six months and 12 years-of-age.

Appointments are required to avoid line ups and help BCHU staff adequately prepare for administration. Appointments at BCHU are limited.

Mask or face coverings are strongly encouraged in our clinic spaces.

If you need to cancel or reschedule your existing appointment, you can do so:

  • online by using the unique link provided to you in the confirmation email you received when booking your appointment;

OR

  • by calling the Brant County Health Unit at 519-753-4937

We strongly recommend canceling or rescheduling your appointment online. It is done in two simple steps:

Step 1:
Click on the unique link provided to you in the confirmation email. Enter your 1) date of birth and 2) email address or phone number used at the time you booked your current appointment.

Step 2:
Cancel or reschedule your appointment.

Important:

If you cancel your appointment, you will receive a cancellation confirmation email with a link to reschedule your appointment, if you choose to do so.

Frequently Asked Questions

It is recommended that the next dose of COVID-19 vaccine be given at least 6 months since your last vaccine dose or last COVID-19 infection, as it produces a potentially higher and longer immune response. Some individuals, due to their unique health status and personal situation, may choose to get the vaccine earlier than the recommended interval of 6 months. The earliest the vaccine can be received is at a 3-month interval since your last COVID-19 vaccine dose or infection.

Suggested Interval Between Infection and Vaccination

SARS-CoV-2 Infection timing relative to COVID-19 vaccination Population Recommended Interval
Infection in individuals who have not been previously vaccinated or in those who are in process of completing a vaccination series Individuals 6 months and older who are not considered moderately to severely immunocompromised and with no previous history of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children and adults (MIS-C and MIS-A) 8 weeks (56 days) after symptom onset or positive test (if asymptomatic)
Individuals 6 months and older who are moderately to severely immunocompromised and with no previous history of MIS-C and MIS-A 4 to 8 weeks (28 to 56 days) after symptom onset or positive test (if asymptomatic)
Individuals 6 months and older with a history of MIS-C and MIS-A (regardless of immunocompromised status) Receive vaccine dose when clinical recovery has been achieved or ≥90 days since the diagnosis of MIS-C and MIS-A, whichever is longer
Infection in individuals who have been previously vaccinated Individuals currently eligible for a fall 2023 COVID-19 dose(s) Receive vaccine dose 3 – 6 months (84 – 168 days) after previous COVID-19 infection (characterized by positive test or after having symptoms post contact with someone who had a positive test)/

* As per NACI, vaccination using shorter intervals (i.e. 3 months to < 6 months) following previous vaccination or infection has not been shown to pose a safety risk, though evidence shows that the antibody response is higher with longer intervals between infection and vaccination and with longer intervals between vaccination doses.

The XBB 1.5 COVID-19 vaccine is an updated version of the COVID-19 vaccine. The new formulation offers better protection against newer variants compared to previous COVID-19 vaccines, and in alignment with the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI), it is the recommended formulation for this season.

Individuals 6 months and older, may receive a COVID-19 vaccine simultaneously with (i.e., same day), or at any time before or after non-COVID-19 vaccines (including live and non-live vaccines).

There are two exceptions. COVID-19 vaccines should not be co-administered with the Imvamune vaccine (for MPOX) and the Arexvy vaccine for Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV).

For those who received Imvamune: It is recommended to wait at least four weeks before or after administration of an Imvamune vaccine. However, the administration of Imvamune as pre- or post-exposure vaccination should not be delayed in an individual who has recently received a COVID-19 vaccine.

For those who received Arexvy: It is recommended to wait at least two weeks before or after administration of the RSV vaccine.

VaxFacts Clinic

Scarborough Health Network’s VaxFacts Clinic is the first of its kind in Canada, supporting those across the country to get the most accurate information about vaccines and treatments for diseases like MPOX and COVID-19, childhood vaccines, flu vaccines, and preventative health counselling.

One-to-one phone consultation with a doctor is available free of charge in a judgment-free conversation in a safe space.

For more information, visit the VaxFacts Clinic website.

Please report your side effects to your family doctor.

It is important to remember that some people may experience side effects from the vaccine, but they will likely be moderate and resolve after a few days. Some of the symptoms are part of the body’s response to developing immunity.

As per provincial guidelines, individuals who have received a partial or complete COVID-19 vaccine series outside of Ontario or Canada should contact their local public health unit to have their COVID-19 immunization record documented into the provincial database, COVaxON.

Ensuring vaccination information is up-to-date and complete will enable individuals to:

  • Book a second dose appointment through the provincial booking system, their local public health unit or through participating pharmacies or primary care settings;
  • Receive an Ontario vaccination receipt; and
  • Share their COVID-19 immunization records with their health care providers.

If you are a resident of Brant and have received your first, second or all doses outside of Ontario or Canada, please contact the Brant County Health Unit by phone at 519-753-4937 ext. 438, or via email COVIDVaccinationEnquiries@bchu.org to provide your name and contact information. A member of our team will contact you as soon as possible to validate and record your information into the provincial database. Proof of immunization is required to verify the COVID-19 vaccine product received.

Please note an in-person appointment may be required to validate your COVID-19 vaccination. If you do not reside in Brant, please contact your respective heath unit for assistance.

Those interested in receiving the Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine, please use the Novavax pre-registration form.

For more information on Novavax, visit the product monograph here.