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

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Getting an appointment

Visit your provincial or territorial website to find out:

Check how, when and where you can get vaccinated:

Who is eligible

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

When to consult with your doctor

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

Consult with your doctor or health care provider if you:

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization recommends mRNA COVID-19 vaccines for people who:

If you’re immunosuppressed from disease or treatment, you may have a reduced immune response to any COVID-19 vaccine.

Benefits of vaccination

Vaccination is one of the most effective ways to protect our families, communities and ourselves against COVID-19. Evidence indicates that vaccines are effective at preventing serious outcomes, such as severe illness, hospitalization and death due to COVID-19.

Most COVID-19 vaccines require 2 doses to be fully vaccinated. While current evidence shows good effectiveness after 1 dose, a second dose is essential for longer-lasting and optimal protection. For your second dose, return at the time advised by your health care provider.

Continue to follow public health measures

While vaccines are rolling out:

This protects yourself, your family and your community.

As more vaccines are given, some of the more restrictive public health measures can be lifted. Learn more about life after vaccination.

Recommended priority groups

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization has provided guidance on who should get vaccinated first.

Your province or territory will decide who will be prioritized.

At-risk groups identified by the committee include:

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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