Quick reference guide on use of COVID-19 vaccines: Overview

This guidance document is for health care providers. It provides a summary of recommendations on the use of COVID-19 vaccines, based mainly on the recommendations of the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI). For complete NACI advice, please see the following:

This document also discusses an approach to managing COVID-19 vaccines that are administered in a manner that differs from the recommendations of the manufacturer as authorized by Health Canada and/or the recommendations for use by National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI). These are referred to as vaccine administration errors or deviations.

This document provides guidance only. Note that provincial and territorial protocols may differ from this guidance document. Clinical judgment in certain situations may also result in management decisions that differ from those outlined in this guidance.

The Public Health Agency of Canada will update this quick reference guide based on new information or guidance. 

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