Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines: Overview

COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective.

Free vaccines will be available to everyone who lives in Canada over the course of 2021.

Until extensive immunization is achieved, public health measures will continue to be essential to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in Canada and save lives.

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Authorized COVID-19 vaccines in Canada

Canada's independent authorization process is recognized around the world for its high standards and rigorous review. The approval of the vaccine is supported by evidence that it is safe, effective and of good quality.

List of authorized vaccines

See each authorized vaccine to find:

Who will get vaccinated first

Everyone who lives in Canada will have access to a safe, effective and free COVID-19 vaccine in 2021.

Vaccination has started and will be expanded to the entire population throughout 2021 as vaccine supply increases.

Doses for the whole population will arrive at different times. A phased approach to vaccine delivery will begin with the arrival of limited doses, which will be prioritized for high-risk people.

Priority high-risk groups

As additional COVID-19 vaccine(s) and supplies become available, the following populations should be offered vaccinations:

Local vaccination rollout plans

Provinces and territories are working on detailed vaccination rollout plans for their residents.

Vaccinations in your province or territory

Monitoring COVID-19 vaccine safety and effectiveness

Health Canada monitors the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have increased:

Safety of COVID-19 vaccines and drugs

Securing vaccines for everyone who lives in Canada

We're working with provinces, territories, First Nations, Inuit and Métis leaders to make sure doses are available to everyone who lives in Canada as soon as possible. We are using established vaccination programs that are in place across the country for a wide range of illnesses.

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