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COVID-19 Vaccination

The COVID-19 vaccine is finally here and will be administered to Canadians for free, according to the vaccination rollout plan of each province.

Book your appointment to get vaccinated in your area, in one of our participating pharmacies. 

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Appointment availability varies according to the number of vaccines received in pharmacies. Please check this page regularly for appointment availabilites and changes.

 
Vaccination Roll-Out Plans

 
Please visit your province's official website for more information about vaccination phases, immunization schedules and eligibility criteria.
 

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British Columbia

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Manitoba

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New Brunswick

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Newfoundland and Labrador

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Nova Scotia

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Prince Edward Island

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Saskatchewan

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Northwest Territories

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COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ
  • How to prepare for a vaccination appointment

    1. Make an appointment with one of our health professionals who offers this service.

    2. If possible, fill out the questionnaire and consent form at home before your appointment.

    3. Have your vaccination record on hand.

    4. Please arrive only a few minutes before your appointment, since a limited number of people can be in the pharmacy.

    5. Do you need to refill medications? If so, please call the day before your appointment. This will give us the time to prepare your prescriptions.

    6. Don’t forget to put on your face covering before entering the pharmacy.

    7. If you do not feel well, please call the pharmacy to reschedule your appointment.

  • Which vaccines are currently approved in Canada and can I choose which one I receive?
    • Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine
    • Moderna COVID-19 vaccine
    • AstraZeneca/Covishield COVID-19 vaccine
    • Johnson & Johnson 

    These 3 first vaccines require 2 doses, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires one. 

    At this time, eligible groups are not provided with a choice of vaccine between these two. Vaccines will be administered according to availability and in phases to protect the most vulnerable populations first. Eligibility varies by province.

  • What is the interval between doses and how soon am I protected?

    Most current vaccines available in Canada require 2 doses in order to acquire its full protection.

    Interval between doses: 

    • Pfizer-BioNTech COVID vaccine – return in 21 days for your second dose.
    • Moderna COVID vaccine – return in 28 days for your second dose.
    • AstraZeneca - return 28 days for your second dose 
    • Johnson & Johnson vaccine - 1 dose.  

    It is important to note that full protection takes days and not hours to develop after having received the vaccine. You are considered protected 2 weeks after having received your second dose (for vaccines requiring 2 doses) or 2 weeks after your unique Johnson & Johnson dose.

    However, current efficiency data suggests an effective protection 3 weeks after having received the first dose. The second dose's purprose is mainly to make the duration of the long-term protection last longer and can be given up to 16 weeks after the first dose, depending on your province.).

    It is recommended to receive 2 doses from the same vaccine, because no data on the interchangeability of vaccines currently exist. However, in the event that the same vaccine is not available, it is possible to use a vaccine of a similar type, e.g. any mRNA COVID-19 vaccines. The 2 doses you receive will be considered valid.

  • I just received the vaccine at an authorized clinic. What should I do? 
    • Wait for at least 15 minutes after receiving the vaccine to be sure that you are feeling well and do not experience any immediate reaction.
    • Inform the healthcare provider if you feel unwell while waiting. While waiting, continue to follow health and safety norms by wearing a mask and keeping a distance of at least 2 meters from anybody not belonging to your household.
    • Use alcohol-based sanitization to clean your hands before leaving the immunization center.
    • Do not operate a vehicle or other form of transportation for at least 15 minutes after receiving the vaccine or if feeling unwell.
  • What are the side effects of COVID-19 vaccination?

    The COVID-19 vaccine can have side effects similar to vaccines that are currently on the market, however, the vast majority are mild, very short term and non serious. The most common side effects include:

    • Pain, soreness or redness at injection site
    • Fever or chills
    • Tiredness
    • Headache
    • Body aches or joint pains
    • Nausea or vomiting  
    • Diarrhea  

    These symptoms should not last more than 1-2 days. If symptoms persist beyond 2 days or worsen over time, you should call your healthcare professional.

  • Can I stop wearing a mask and taking safety precautions after getting vaccinated?
    NO. Those who get the COVID-19 vaccine are still strongly recommended to follow the government's recommended safety measures. The vaccine does not stop the virus from entering your body, it prevents you from developing moderate to severe symptoms. It is not yet clear whether those vaccinated can still carry and transmit the virus to others, even when they themselves don’t get sick.
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