Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine

Immunization clinics are being organized in communities across Prince Edward Island and will be overseen by Public Health Nursing.

In Prince Edward Island, COVID-19 vaccine is being rolled-out to Islanders in three stages.

Starting now seniors aged 80 years and older are eligible to make an appointment to receive their vaccine.
Starting February 24, 2021, Islanders 80 years of age and older can use the online platform (in the link below) to book their appointment. Alternately, they can call the 1-844-975-3303 to book their appointment to receive their vaccine.

Only individuals who are identified during the current stage are able to register online or call to make an appointment for their immunization. Updates on other groups will be communicated in the coming weeks.

Getting a Vaccine

How do I make my appointment to receive COVID-19 vaccine?

Islanders 80 years of age and older can:

Vaccine clinics for Islanders 80 years of age and older will begin the week of February 22, 2021, and be held through to early April.

What do I need to book my appointment?

You will need to have your PEI health card number ready when booking your appointment.

How do I make my appointment for the second dose of the vaccine?

When you book online, you will be given an appointment for your first vaccination. A return appointment for the second dose will be confirmed at the time of this first vaccination.

How should I prepare for my appointment?

  • Do not attend your appointment if you are having symptoms of illness; fever, cough, sore throat
  • Review the information in the fact sheet for the vaccine prior to your appointment
  • Wear a short sleeve shirt when going to the clinic
  • Wear a mask

What is informed consent?

Informed consent means that you agree to receive the vaccine and understand the risks of receiving the vaccine and the risks if you do not receive the vaccine. You will be provided information on the vaccine and should ask the nurse any questions you may have before receiving the vaccine.

What if I am allergic to any of the components in the COVID-19 vaccine?

It is possible that someone may have an allergic reaction after receiving COVID-19 vaccine. Individuals with known allergies to any of the components of the vaccine should not receive it.

Potential non-medicinal ingredients in the mRNA vaccines (COVID-19 Vaccine Information Sheet) known to cause a reaction ranging from mild skin reactions to anaphylaxis include;

Products where the allergen may be found Potential Allergen

Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19

Moderna COVID-19

polyethylene glycol (PEG)
Moderna COVID-19 (Moderna ONLY) Tromethamine (trometamol, Tris)

Should I receive COVID-19 vaccine if I am immunocompromised, or have an autoimmune disorder or I am pregnant or breast-feeding?

There is a lack of evidence on the effect of COVID-19 (mRNA vaccines) in these populations. These groups were excluded from the vaccine trials.

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI)  state that mRNA vaccines may be offered to these individuals in the authorized age group. There are no contraindications to receive the mRNA vaccine unless the individual has had a serious or anaphylactic reaction to a previous mRNA vaccine.  Individuals should be aware of the  absence of evidence on the use of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine in these individuals and be able to provide informed consent.

I’ve recovered from COVID-19, should I still get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes, you should be immunized. There is no mandatory waiting period between being fully recovered from COVID-19 disease and being immunized; however, it is recommended that people wait until they are feeling better.

Should I leave a gap between getting the flu shot and the COVID-19 vaccine?

It is recommended that individuals wait at least 28 days after the administration of the two-dose COVID-19 vaccine to get another vaccine, including the flu shot.

It is also recommended to wait for a period of at least 14 days after the administration of another vaccine, including the flu shot, before getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

After Getting the Vaccine

Are there side effects from COVID-19 vaccine?

There can be side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine, but they tend to be mild and go away in a few days. Side effects may include:

  • redness, swelling, or feeling sore where you had the needle
  • feeling tired
  • headache
  • fever or chills
  • body aches or sore joints
  • nausea, vomiting or diarrhea can occur but is very rare
  • swollen lymph nodes

It is important to stay at the clinic for 15 minutes after your vaccine. Some people may have a rare but serious allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. The nurses in the clinic are trained to care for someone with an anaphylactic reaction.

Wait at least 28 days after you have all doses of the COVID-19 vaccine before you:

  • get another vaccine
  • try to get pregnant

It is rare to have a serious side effect. If you start to feel unwell and develop serious side effects following your vaccination, call 911 or visit the emergency department.

How can I manage side effects?

  • To help with soreness and swelling, put a cool, wet cloth over the area where you had the needle.
  • There is medicine to help with fever or pain. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure what medicine or dosage to take. Follow the directions on the package.
  • Children under the age of 18 years should not take aspirin because it can cause serious health problems.
  • Some people with health problems, such as a weak immune system, must call their doctor if they get a fever. If you have been told to do this, call your doctor even if you think the fever is from the vaccine.

I recently received the COVID-19 vaccine, but a few days later, I developed symptoms and then tested positive for COVID-19. Why did this happen?

None of the authorized COVID-19 vaccines in use in Canada contain the live virus that causes COVID-19. This means that a COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19.

After COVID-19 immunization, it takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity so that you are protected from the virus. Therefore, you can still get infected with COVID-19 just before or just after being immunized, and become sick after your immunization occurred.

The COVID-19 vaccines are not 100 per cent effective. Although immunization will greatly reduce your risk of becoming infected with COVID-19, there is still a small chance that you can become infected even after being immunized.

You should continue to follow all public health measures such as wearing a mask in public, physically distancing of 6 feet from others, wash your hands often, and keep your contacts outside of your household to a minimum.

Published date: 
March 4, 2021
Health and Wellness

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