COVID-19 Vaccines and Immunization Phased Approach

What you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine for Canada brochureThe COVID-19 immunization program is underway in Prince Edward Island. The province will continue to receive vaccines through a nation-wide order placed by the federal government with several companies.

The goal of Prince Edward Island’s immunization program is to allow as many Islanders as possible to be immunized against COVID-19 as quickly as possible, while ensuring priority groups – those who are most at risk of exposure to the virus and those who are most vulnerable to the virus – are immunized first.

Every Island resident 18 and older who wants to be immunized against COVID-19 will receive an opportunity to receive the vaccine in 2021.

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Who can get the vaccine in Prince Edward Island?

It is important to ensure people who are at higher risk get the vaccine first. Prince Edward Island, like all provinces and territories, is following the National Advisory Committee on Immunization’s recently-released preliminary guidance on key populations for early COVID-19 immunization.  

In Prince Edward Island, the vaccine is being rolled out in three phases to key populations. The vaccine will eventually be available to all PEI residents 18 and older who wish to be immunized against COVID-19.

Phase 1: December 2020 – March 2021

  • Residents and staff of long-term and community care
  • Health care workers with direct patient contact at higher risk of COVID-19 exposure
  • Seniors 80 years of age and older
  • Adults 18 years of age and older living in Indigenous communities
  • Residents and staff of other residential or shared living facilities (e.g. group homes, residential care, shelters, corrections)
  • Truck drivers and other rotational workers

Phase 2: April - June 2021

  • Anyone in priority groups remaining from Phase 1, including frontline health care workers

  • First responders (e.g. police, firefighters, power utility workers)

  • Adults over the age of 70, beginning with individuals over 75 years of age

  • Adults age 60 to 69, beginning with individuals over 65 years of age

  • Indigenous adults not immunized in Phase 1

  • Frontline essential workers age 18-59 who cannot work virtually (e.g. grocery and retail clerks, restaurant servers, gas station attendants and clerks, teachers, school personnel, early childhood educators, veterinarians, public transit drivers, seafood and meat plant employees)

  • Adults age 18-59 with underlying medical conditions who are at high risk for severe outcomes from COVID-19 and their primary caregivers

  • Adults age 50-59, beginning with individuals over 55 years of age

  • Non-frontline health care workers needed to maintain system capacity

  • Non-frontline essential workers

  • All remaining adults over the age of 18, followed by youth age 16-17

Phase 3: Summer – September 2021

  • 2nd vaccine dose for individuals in Phase 2 (16 weeks after first dose)

  • Additional youth 15 years old and younger as vaccines are approved for their age categories

We will continue to update Island residents as the immunization program is rolled out and clinics are confirmed.

When can I sign-up to get the vaccine?

  • We are engaging with the priority groups identified above to be immunized
  • Only people who are in those groups identified in each phase of the immunization program can be vaccinated during that time
  • Learn more about getting the COVID-19 vaccine in Prince Edward Island
  • Vaccinations will be offered by scheduled appointment only in order to ensure COVID-19 public health measures, such as physical distancing, can be maintained
  • We will let Islanders know when they can get vaccinated and how they can make an appointment when that information is available

Where will I get the vaccine?

Clinics have been set up to efficiently deliver the vaccine to phase-one priority group, to ensure the safe, efficient and rapid vaccination of Island residents. When establishing the clinics, it was important to also be able to meet the challenges involved with receiving, handling, storing, and administering vaccine.

At this time, vaccinations are scheduled by appointment for current priority groups. COVID-19 public health measures are strictly maintained throughout the vaccination process.

As the province enters the second and third phases of its vaccine immunization rollout, it will restructure its clinics to best serve the community. 

More information on COVID-19 immunization clinics will be updated on this page as the province enters the second phase of its vaccine immunization rollout.    

How many doses of the vaccine will I need to get?

The initial vaccines that will be available to Prince Edward Island will require a person to receive two doses. This means every person vaccinated will have to get a second dose up to 4 months after their first dose.

When you receive your vaccination, you will also get information about the type of vaccine you've received and when you will need to get the second dose.  

Will the vaccine cost anything?

No. The vaccine will be free across Canada.




Published date: 
March 5, 2021
Health and Wellness

General Inquiries

Department of Health and Wellness
4th Floor North, Shaw Building
105 Rochford Street
Charlottetown, PE   C1A 7N8

Phone: 902-368-6414
Fax: 902-368-4121