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.
In the fall of 2022, all Nova Scotians aged 12 and older who have completed their primary series will be eligible to receive a dose of COVID-19 vaccine, regardless of the number of booster doses previously received and provided the minimum interval since last vaccination has passed. Individuals who are at an increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 should be offered a dose first. All other adults may receive a fall dose once their eligibility opens later in the campaign.
Nova Scotia has adopted the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) recommendations on offering a first booster dose of Pfizer pediatric COVID-19 vaccine to children aged five to 11, and offering a dose of COVID-19 vaccine in the fall to people 12 and older. The Pfizer pediatric vaccine is the only vaccine available as a booster for children aged five to 11.
Government of Canada. (2020). Canada’s COVID-19 Immunization Plan: Saving Lives and Livelihoods. Retrieved from Government of Canada website https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/canadas-reponse/canadas-covid-19-immunization-plan.html