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 pharmacist to see if you need 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.
Current efficiency data suggests protection occurs 2 weeks after receiving the first dose. The second dose's purpose is mainly to make the duration of the long-term protection last longer and to obtain full protection. The second dose can be given up to 16 weeks after the first dose, depending on your province. Check your provincial guidelines regarding the time interval between doses.
In some patient populations or in precise situations, a third dose is required. Check with your provincial guidelines for the indications of a third dose.
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.