Vaccines for COVID-19: How to get vaccinated or register

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How, when and where to get vaccinated

Provinces and territories are responsible for the vaccination rollout plans for their residents, including:

Check how, when and where you can get vaccinated:

Who is eligible for the vaccine

COVID-19 vaccines approved for use in Canada are free. They're available to priority populations first. They'll then be available to everyone who is recommended to get the vaccine by federal, provincial and territorial public health authorities

This applies to:

Vaccination is one of the most effective ways to protect our families, communities and ourselves against COVID-19.

How many people in Canada have gotten the COVID-19 vaccine

Continue to follow public health measures

Everyone should continue to follow public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The main personal preventive measures are:

Learn more about personal preventative measures for limiting the spread of COVID-19.

When to consult with your doctor

For some people, the decision to get vaccinated will require consideration of risks versus benefits.

You should consult your doctor or a health professional if you:

Recommended priority groups

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization has provided guidance on key populations for early COVID-19 vaccination. Groups at risk for severe illness or exposure to COVID-19 that may be offered early vaccination include:

Your province or territory has the authority to decide who will be prioritized.

Learn more about:

How groups are chosen for early vaccination

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) is an independent committee of experts that provides advice to the Public Health Agency of Canada. This advice is then distributed and published to inform decision making by provinces and territories, which are responsible for

  • administering vaccines
  • deciding which populations will receive them first

Recommendations aim to reduce serious illness and death while reducing disruptions in society.

NACI chooses groups for early vaccination by looking at risk factors for severe COVID-19 disease and outcomes, such as:

  • biological factors like:
    • advanced age
    • pre-existing medical conditions
  • social factors like:
    • low socioeconomic status
    • belonging to a racialized population

The decision-making process also includes ethical elements, such as:

  • equity
  • feasibility
  • acceptability

These recommendations aim to reduce disruptions in society due to the pandemic by prioritizing those who:

  • provide essential services
  • take additional risks to protect the public

Recommendations are based on:

  • population-based analysis of the risks and benefits that considers:
    • risk of exposure to COVID-19, including:
      • ability to physically distance
      • access to other measures to prevent infection
    • risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19
    • how safe and effective authorized vaccines are in key populations
  • results of clinical trials
  • vaccine supply, which is the timing of available doses and the number of:
    • available vaccine types
    • doses each group needs
  • the current pandemic situation when vaccines become available

Provinces and territories may have to adjust their strategy depending on:

  • local trends
  • transmission rates
  • vaccine management logistics

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