Pre-register for your first dose COVID-19 vaccination

Pre-register now to get your first dose COVID-19 vaccine appointment. All residents of WDG age 12 and older are eligible to pre-register. See the Appointment Booking Status page for information on second doses.

*NEW* Check my pre-registration status

How to check if you have successfully pre-registered

You can now check your pre-registration status online. With this system, you can check to see if you have successfully pre-registered and are eligible to book your first vaccination.

Please read these important points about the system.

This system will work for people who meet all the following requirements:

  • You have not received your first dose.
  • You have pre-registered more than one business day ago.
  • You entered your health card number when your pre-registered.
  • You enter your name and last 4 digits of your health card the same as it was entered when you pre-registered.

The system does not apply (or will not work properly for you) if you:

  • Have received your first dose.
  • Have already received your appointment booking code.
  • Have made your first dose appointment.
  • Pre-registered less than one business day ago.
  • Did not enter a health card number when you pre-registered.
  • Do not enter all information exactly as it was entered when you pre-registered.

IMPORTANT: If you did not enter your health card number when you pre-registered or if any of your information does not match what was entered when you pre-registered, the system will tell you that you are not pre-registered (but you may be). Please call 1-844-780-0202 to check your eligibility or visit

Eligible groups under each phase

Phase 1: High-risk Populations:
  • Adults 80 years of age and older (born in 1941 and earlier) who reside in the WDGPH region.
  • Indigenous adults (including immediate household members regardless of status or Indigenous identity) who reside in WDG
  • Long-Term Care and/or Retirement Home Staff
  • Essential Support Staff in Long-Term Care and Retirement Homes
  • Essential Caregivers in Long-Term Care and Retirement Homes  
  • Adult recipients of chronic home care (WDG Residents)

All healthcare workers in the below settings are now eligible to pre-register.

  • Healthcare workers* in the following settings (please see the Ministry Guidance for Prioritizing Health Care Workers for a more detailed breakdown of those eligible):  
    • Hospitals 
    • COVID-19 Response Roles 
      • Assessment centres 
      • Outbreak response
      • COVID-19 immunization clinics
    • Medical First Responders
      • Paramedics
      • Medical first response firefighters
    • Community Healthcare workers serving specialized populations 
      • Needle exchanges and supervised consumption and treatment services
      • Community health centres serving at-risk populations
      • Home and community care health care workers 
      • Healthcare workers in congregate settings 
      • Healthcare services for Indigenous populations
      • Developmental services 
      • Mental health and addiction services
    • Community Healthcare workers serving the general population 
      • Birth centres, Gynecology, Midwifery
      • Community-based specialists (e.g., ENT)
      • Death investigation professionals
      • Dentistry
      • Contract nursing agencies
      • Pharmacies
      • Primary care
      • Respiratory Therapy
      • Walk-in Clinics
      • Campus health 
      • Diagnostic imaging 
      • Healthcare worker at a school or daycare 
      • Dietician, Nutritionist 
      • Optometry, Podiatry, Audiology 
      • Naturopathy, Holistic care 
      • Social work 
      • Sexual health clinics 
    • Healthcare worker in Congregate Settings
    • Healthcare services for Indigenous populations 
    • Laboratory services 
    • Non-acute rehabilitation and therapy 
      • Chiropractic, Chronic pain clinics
      • Kinesiology 
      • Occupational therapy 
      • Physiotherapy  
      • Psychiatry, Psychology, Psychotherapy 
      • Registered massage therapy 
      • Acupuncture, other therapy
    • Emergency responders
      • Front line members of police services
    • Public Health
  • Religious leaders

Please see the Ministry Guidance for Prioritizing Health Care Workers for a more details on what is defined as a health care worker.

Phase 2: Mass delivery of vaccines:

1. WDG residents age 12-79 years old

2. WDG residents living in hot spot communities

Note on how hot spot appointment invitations are prioritized: The province has identified “hot spot” areas by postal code based on established patterns of transmission, severe illness, and mortality. Public Health also uses neighbourhood-level data within the larger “hot spot” areas to determine the areas most at risk. Both sets of data will be used to determine the areas of true risk for the following individuals and groups who live and work in hot spot communities.

  • Residents aged 18+ living in hot spot communities (see note above)
  • Residents who identify as a member of the Black community or another racialized community starting with those living in neighbourhoods of risk (see note above)
  • Select education staff, starting with those who provide direct support to students with complex special education needs and educators (If you fall in this category, please contact your school board to ensure you are on the list provided to WDGPH)

3. Congregate settings staff and residents

Types of congregate settings eligible include:

  • Supportive housing
  • Developmental services or intervenor and supported independent living
  • Emergency shelters for people experiencing homelessness
  • People experiencing homelessness not in shelters
  • Mental health and addictions congregate settings (for example, supportive housing, hospital psychiatric patients)
  • Homes for special care
  • Employer-provided living accommodations for temporary foreign agricultural workers
  • Adult correctional facilities
  • Violence against women (VAW) shelters and anti-human trafficking (AHT) residents
  • Children’s residential facilities
  • Youth justice facilities
  • Indigenous healing and wellness facilities
  • Bail beds
  • Provincial and demonstration schools

4. Primary caregivers for residents of congregate settings

ONLY Primary caregivers of residents of the following congregate settings:

  • Developmental services
  • Mental health and addictions congregate settings
  • Homes for special care
  • Children’s residential facilities
  • Indigenous healing and wellness

5. Individuals with certain health conditions


  • Pregnancy
    • April 30 UPDATE: Pregnant people in WDG can once again pre-register for their vaccine at Select ‘Individuals with health conditions’ and enter your health care provider’s information. If you have already requested a referral you will be contacted.
  • Organ transplant recipient
  • Hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipient
  • Neurological disease in which respiratory function may be compromised
  • Hematological malignancy diagnosed within the year
  • Kidney disease with eGFR under 30 (severe loss of kidney function or kidney failure)


  • Obesity (BMI > 40)
  • Receiving treatments causing immunosuppression (e.g., chemotherapy, immunity-weakening medications)
  • Intellectual or developmental disabilities (e.g., autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, FASD, Down Syndrome, sensory disabilities)


  • Immune deficiencies or autoimmune disorders (e.g., rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease)
  • Stroke or cerebrovascular disease (e.g., aneurysms)
  • Dementia (e.g., Alzheimer’s Disease)
  • Diabetes
  • Liver Disease (mild to moderate loss of kidney function)
  • Cancer
  • Respiratory diseases (e.g., asthma, COPD, emphysema, cystic fibrosis)
  • Spleen problems
  • Heart Disease
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure) with end organ damage
  • Diagnosis of mental health disorder (e.g., depression, anxiety disorders, eating disorders)
  • Substance use disorder
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Thalassemia (blood disorder)
  • Immunocompromising health conditions
  • Other disabilities requiring direct support care in the community

6. Essential caregiver for individuals with highest-risk and certain high-risk health conditions

(NOTE: An essential caregiver is someone providing direct, frequent and sustained in-person personal care and/or assistance with activities of daily living to the individual. For example: feeding, bathing or dressing.)

One essential caregiver for those in select highest-risk health conditions including:

  • Organ transplant recipient
  • Hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipient
  • Neurological disease in which respiratory function may be compromised
  • Hematological malignancy diagnosed within the year
  • Kidney disease with eGFR under 30 (severe loss of kidney function or kidney failure)

Certain caregivers for those in the high-risk health conditions including:

  • Obesity (BMI > 40)
  • Other treatments causing immunosuppression (e.g. chemotherapy, immunity-weakening medications)
  • Intellectual or developmental disabilities (e.g. Down Syndrome)

7. Essential workers who cannot work from home

Please use your best judgement for where you fall within the following workplace sectors. If you are unable to work from home to do your job, and you fall in one of the following groups, you are eligible to pre-register.

NOTE: If your workplace falls under one of the following categories and is currently allowing or requiring you to work from home, you are not eligible under to pre-register in Phase 2. This category is for essential workers who are unable to work from home to do their job.

Sectors in the first group:

  • Elementary and secondary school workers (including educators, custodial, school bus drivers, administrative staff)
  • Workers responding to critical events (including police, fire, special constables, children’s aid society workers, emergency management, critical infrastructure restoration workers)
  • Enforcement, inspection and compliance roles (including by-law enforcement, building inspectors, food inspectors, animal welfare inspectors, border inspection officers, labour inspectors, WSIB field workers)
  • Individuals working in childcare (including all licensees, employees and students on educational placements who interact directly with children in licensed childcare centres and in authorized recreation and skill building programs, licensed home child care and in-home service providers, employees of home child care agencies)
  • Foster care agenda workers (including customary care providers)
  • Food manufacturing and distribution workers
  • Agriculture and farm workers
  • Funeral, crematorium and cemetery workers

Sectors in the second group:

  • Essential and critical retail workers (including grocery, foodbank, pharmacy, ServiceOntario, postal service, ServiceCanada, Passport Canada, wholesalers and general goods, restaurant, LCBO workers)
  • Workers in manufacturing industries directly involved in supporting the COVID-19 response, construction (including infrastructure) and other essential businesses and services where facilities are at heightened risk for COVID-19 outbreaks and spread
  • Social workers and social services staff who provide in-person client services (including youth justice workers, Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program case workers)
  • Courts and justice system workers (including probation and parole workers)
  • Transportation, warehousing and distribution workers (including public transit workers, airport workers, truck drivers supporting essential services, marine and rail cargo and maintenance, highway maintenance)
  • Electricity (including system operations, generation, transmission, distribution and storage workers)
  • Communications infrastructure workers (including cellular, satellite, landline, internet, public safety radio)
  • Water and wastewater management workers
  • Financial services workers (bank branch staff)
  • Veterinarians and veterinary teams
  • Waste management workers
  • Oil and petroleum workers (including petroleum refineries, crude oil and petroleum storage, transmission and distribution, retail sale of fuel)
  • Natural gas and propane gas workers (including compression, storage, transmission and distribution of natural gas and propane)
  • Mine workers (including those needed to ensure the continued operation of active mines)
  • Uranium processing workers (those working in the refining and conversion of uranium and fabrication of fuel for nuclear power plants)
Phase 3: Steady state:
  • All remaining residents age 12 and older in WDG for first and second doses.

Get pre-registration help

Instructions for before you pre-register (video)

To pre-register online you will need:

  • Your contact information including home address
  • A cell phone number
  • An email address
  • Your health card number (when prompted, enter numbers only - no dashes, spaces or letters) (optional)
  • About your position, workplace and role (for occupation-based priority groups)
Instructions to complete your pre-registration (video)

Read the tips below and/or watch this video to help make pre-registration process easier.

Step 1: Choose the correct eligible group for your situation.

  • If you fall into more than one category, choose the eligible group highest on the list.

Step 2: Entering your information

  • First name, last name, date of birth and gender are required fields
  • Date of birth must be formatted as MM/DD/YYYY
  • Health card number is OPTIONAL. If you do enter it, please enter numbers only (no dashes, no spaces, no letters)

Step 3: Entering your contact information

  • You must enter both an email address and a cell phone number.
  • Enter the address where you reside for your contact information (If you work in WDG but reside elsewhere, please still enter your home address here. You will have the opportunity to enter your WDG workplace address in the next step).

Step 4: About you (this step is for occupation-based priority groups only - other groups will not see this step and will go straight to Step 4)

  • For occupation-based priority groups, this is where you will enter information about your position/role and indicate your workplace and your work address.
  • If your workplace is in a drop-down list, choose it. If not, enter it where indicated.

Step 5: Review and submit your information

  • Make sure your information is accurate, especially your cell phone and email address. This is how you will receive your appointment booking code.

Step 6: Registration complete

  • Your registration has been successfully completed when you see the “you have successfully completed your registration” final page. You will receive an email confirming your registration. Keep that email handy because you may need to refer to it when you book your appointment online to ensure the information entered when you book your appointment matches what you entered when you registered.
After you have pre-registered
  • Only pre-register ONCE. Registering more than once may cause issues with the next steps in the booking process.
  • Pre-registration does not indicate you will get an appointment immediately, we are following the provincial framework for eligibility.
  • When vaccines become available for your group, Public Health will use the contact information you provide to send you an email and/or text message. This email and/or text message will include a website link and unique code so that you can schedule an appointment to receive your first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Please check your JUNK/SPAM folders regularly.
  • Once you have your code, proceed to for step-by-step appointment booking instructions.
  • Visit to find out who must speak to their doctor prior to their vaccination appointment and how to prepare.
  • If you get your vaccination at a pharmacy, you do not need to cancel your pre-registration with public health.
Where to get help pre-registering
  1. Call the new Vaccine Registration and Booking Help Line: 1-844-780-0202 (Mon-Sat, 12 - 8 pm)
  1. Contact your local Wellington County library
  2. Call any Guelph Public Library for assistance.
  3. Ask a family member or friend for assistance.