Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 Immunization clinics are underway in communities across Prince Edward Island. Click on the following link to learn more about PEI's COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout.

The following individuals can now book their appointment to receive a COVID-19 vaccine:

  • Individuals 30 years of age and older
  • Individuals 16 years of age and older with underlying medical conditions and women who are pregnant (as well as all eligible members of their respective households)
  • 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 16 years of age and older who interact with the public and cannot work virtually
  • Public and private sector health care workers, including clinicians and support staff, who work directly with patients in the community
  • Non-frontline health care workers needed to maintain health care system capacity
Use the online booking tool

or call toll-free 1-844-975-3303

Beginning Monday, May 10, 2021, individuals 16-29 years of age and older can book their appointment to receive a COVID-19 vaccine as per the following schedule:

  • Beginning Monday, May 10: individuals born in the months of January – March
  • Beginning Tuesday, May 11: individuals born in the months of April - June
  • Beginning Wednesday, May 12: individuals born in the months of July - September
  • Beginning Thursday, May 13: individuals born in the months of October - December
Use the online booking tool

or call toll-free 1-844-975-3303

Beginning Monday, May 10, 2021, individuals age 50 years of age and older who want to receive the Moderna vaccine can book their appointment with partner pharmacies located across Prince Edward Island. (Supply of this vaccine in pharmacies will be limited)

Beginning Monday, May 24, 2021, individuals age 40 years of age and older who want to receive the Moderna vaccine can book their appointment with partner pharmacies located across Prince Edward Island. (Supply of this vaccine in pharmacies will be limited)
 

Individuals age 55 years of age and older who want to receive the Astrazeneca vaccine can book their appointment now with partner pharmacies located across Prince Edward Island. 

Please note: Only individuals 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 shared in the coming weeks.

PLEASE NOTE: If you prefer to get your vaccine at a pharmacy and already have an appointment booked at a COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic, please cancel your appointment at the clinic by calling 1-844-975-3303. It is important to cancel an unneeded appointment as soon as possible.

Getting a Vaccine

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

Islanders who are currently eligible to make their appointment:

Islanders 55 years of age and older who want to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine can book their appointment directly with partner pharmacies.

How and when will I be notified of my second dose appointment?

Several weeks after your first vaccination at a COVID-19 Immunization Clinic, you will automatically receive notification from our partner at Skip The Waiting Room with details about your second dose appointment. You do not need to call the COVID-19 Immunization Program and we ask that you do not book your second dose appointment online as this is already being done for you.

If you received the AstraZeneca vaccine for your first dose through a partner pharmacy, you will automatically receive a notification from the same pharmacy with the details for your second dose appointment. You do not need to book a second dose appointment with the pharmacy as this is already being done for you.

Can I get a different vaccine product for my second dose?

At this time, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization does not recommend receiving (or mixing) different COVID-19 vaccines. Your second dose of the vaccine should be the same product as the first dose that you received.

What do I do if I need to reschedule my appointment to receive the vaccine?

If you should need to reschedule your appointment to receive the vaccine at a COVID-19 Immunization Clinic, please call the immunization program toll-free at 1-844-975-3303. If you have booked your appointment through the online booking system, you can cancel your appointment by clicking on the link provided in the confirmation email you received from Skip The Waiting Room.

If you booked your vaccine appointment with a partner pharmacy, you need to contact the pharmacy directly to reschedule your appointment.

Where will I get the vaccine?

COVID-19 Immunization Clinics have been set up in Souris, Montague, Charlottetown, Summerside and O’Leary to safely and efficiently deliver the vaccine to Islanders. At this time, the COVID-19 Immunization Clinics are administering the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines.

A select number of partner pharmacies in PEI are able to participate in the vaccine rollout at this time. Partner pharmacies are only administering the AstraZeneca/CoviShield and Moderna vaccines at this time.

At this time, vaccinations are scheduled by appointment only for current eligible groups.

What do I need to book my appointment?

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

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

Several weeks after your first vaccination, staff will contact you to confirm the date and time of your second appointment.

What do I do if I need to reschedule my appointment to receive the vaccine?

If you should need to reschedule your appointment to receive the vaccine, please call the immunization program toll-free at 1-844-975-3303.

I received my first COVID vaccine (AstraZeneca) at a pharmacy and I am under the age of 55 years. When will I get my second dose of vaccine?

Anyone under 55 years of age who received the AstraZeneca vaccine as their first dose will be contacted by the administering pharmacy with more information about their second dose. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) will be providing guidance on what vaccine individuals in this group (less than 55 years of age) will receive for their second dose.

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 vaccines 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
(Pfizer-BioNTech)


Moderna COVID-19
(Moderna)

polyethylene glycol (PEG)
Moderna COVID-19 (Moderna ONLY) Tromethamine (trometamol, Tris)
AstraZeneca and CoviShield Polysorbates

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

  • The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI)  state that mRNA vaccines may be offered to these individuals in the authorized age group.
  • These groups should be offered the vaccine as long as informed consent is given. Informed consent should include information about the lack of data on the use of the COVID-19 vaccines in these populations.
  • You may choose to be vaccinated, particularly if you are at increased risk for COVID-19 infection or severe disease.

Individuals should be aware of the absence of evidence on the use of COVID-19 vaccines 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 either dose of the two-dose COVID-19 vaccine to get another vaccine.

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.

Published date: 
May 6, 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

DeptHW@gov.pe.ca