45% of Ottawa adults receive booster shot 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 continues for third doses in guns as the Omicron variant spreads.

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

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

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

The Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Public Health Unit reports that 56% of residents 18 and older received a third dose. A total of 46.5 percent of eligible adults in the Timiskaming Health Unit area received a third dose.

The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark Health Unit reports that 44.6 percent of adults aged 18 and over have 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 at Renfrew County received the booster dose.

As of December 20, all residents of Ontario aged 18 and over are 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 receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The priority groups are:

  • Individuals 60 years of age and over

  • Education and child care workers

  • Employees, volunteers and caregivers of residents of long-term care homes and retirement homes

  • Pregnant people

Residents of priority groups can use a new COVID-19 Vaccine Walk-In Pre-Registration Tool to access a walk-in appointment at a nearby clinic in Ottawa.


The Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Public Health Unit has the highest rate of first doses for children aged 5 to 11 in Ontario, with 64 percent having received a dose.

Ottawa is second in Ontario, with 63% of children aged 5 to 11 receiving the first dose.

You can make an appointment through the COVID-19 vaccination portal, by calling the Provincial Contact Center for Vaccines at 1-833-943-3900 and via select pharmacies and primary care facilities.


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

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

  • Ottawa residents with three doses (18+): 378,574

  • Percentage of the population aged 5 years and over who received at least one dose: 90%

  • Percentage of the population aged 5 years and over with two doses: 83%

(Ottawa Public Health data as of January 7)

Number of Ottawa residents 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 years and over: 33,617

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

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