The goal of Canada's COVID-19 immunization response is to enable as many Canadians as possible to be immunized as quickly as possible against COVID-19, while ensuring that high risk populations are prioritized.
COVID-19 vaccines approved for use in Canada are widely available and free of charge.
It's important for everyone to stay up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations to reduce the risks of severe illness and death from COVID-19. Vaccination is one of the most effective ways to protect our families, communities and ourselves against COVID-19. Vaccines used in Canada are very effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID‑19.
Nova Scotians are encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as they can, and to receive further doses as soon as they are eligible to ensure maximum protection against COVID-19. Nova Scotia’s COVID-19 vaccination plan has followed a phased approach to bring primary series and booster doses to Nova Scotians.
A primary series is an initial series of vaccinations designed to give you protection against a disease. For COVID-19 this is typically two doses, but people with compromised immune systems require a third dose to complete their primary series. Children who receive the Pfizer Infant vaccine will require a three-dose primary series, and four doses if they have compromised immune systems.
Booster doses help maintain and lengthen your level of protection, as immunity may decrease over time. Public Health recommends that all eligible Nova Scotians get their next dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Government of Canada. (2020). Canada’s COVID-19 Immunization Plan: Saving Lives and Livelihoods. Retrieved from Government of Canada website