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 12 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 updated guidance for 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 12 and older who wish to be immunized against COVID-19.

Note: multiple population groups may be immunized at the same time.

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

Week of April 5

  • Individuals age 60-64
  • Individuals age 40-59 with underlying medical conditions (as well as all eligible household members)
  • Public and private health care workers, including clinicians and support staff, who work directly with patients in the community

Week of April 12

  • Individuals age 55-59
  • Individuals age 16-39 with underlying medical conditions (as well as all eligible household members)
  • Eligible household members (i.e. individuals 16 years of age and older) of any children under the age of 16 with underlying medical conditions
  • Frontline workers age 40-59 who interact with the public in person and cannot work virtually
  • Non-frontline health care workers needed to maintain health care system capacity

Week of April 19

  • Adults age 50-54
  • Frontline workers age 16-39 who interact with the public in person and cannot work virtually

Week of April 26

  • Adults age 40-49

Week of May 3

  • Adults age 30-39

Week of May 10

  • Adults age 18-29
  • Youth age 16-17
Week of May 17
  • Youth age 12-15

Phase 3: Summer – September 2021

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

  • Additional youth younger than 12 years of age as vaccines are approved for their age category

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

Learn more about getting the COVID-19 vaccine in Prince Edward Island.

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.

Will the vaccine cost anything?

No. The vaccine will be free across Canada.



Published date: 
May 18, 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