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.
Please visit your province's official website for more information about vaccination phases, immunization schedules and eligibility criteria.
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.
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.
Most current vaccines available in Canada require 2 doses in order to acquire its full protection.
DO NOT receive any other vaccines (except flu or pneumococcal) until you have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine AND until 28 days after the second 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.
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:
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.