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.

Book your appointment at a clinic

Everyone 12 years of age and older can book their first and/or second appointments at a COVID-19 Immunization Clinic. 

Use the online booking tool (link is external)

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

Book your appointment at a pharmacy

Individuals 18 years of age and older who want to receive the Moderna vaccine can book their vaccine appointment with a partner pharmacy.

Book with a partner pharmacy

In-school COVID-19 immunizations and second dose appointments

Parents/legal guardians of youth age 12-15 who received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in school will automatically be contacted about their child’s second dose appointment. If you do not receive information about your child’s second dose appointment by the end of July, please call the COVID-19 Immunization Program toll-free 1-844-975-3303.

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

Everyone who received their first does of the COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic on or before June 30, 2021, should have received notification about their second dose appointment. 

Beginning July 21, 2021, individuals will be able to book, reschedule or cancel their second dose vaccination appointment for a COVID-19 Immunization Clinic through our online booking partner at Skip The Waiting Room

Individuals who received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at a partner pharmacy, will be contacted by that same pharmacy about their second dose appointment.

How long after my first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine should I expect to receive my second dose? 

Currently, PEI recommends waiting eight weeks after your first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine before getting your second dose as this will provide you with increased and longer-lasting protection from the vaccine. There may be some people who should receive their second dose sooner (e.g. people with active cancers). With informed consent, some people may need or choose to get their second dose earlier than 8 weeks for essential reasons (e.g. unexpected travel for compassionate reasons).

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

If your vaccine appointment is booked for a COVID-19 Immunization Clinic, you can cancel your current appointment and reschedule it for a later date through our online booking partner Skip The Waiting Room. You can also call the COVID-19 Immunization Program toll-free at 1-844-975-3303.

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 number of partner pharmacies in PEI are able to participate in the vaccine rollout at this time. Partner pharmacies are only administering the Moderna vaccine at this time.

What do I need to book my appointment?

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

Do I have to get the same COVID-19 vaccine product for my second dose?

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) currently recommends that if you received an mRNA vaccine for your first dose (either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) that you receive the same vaccine product for your second dose. If that same mRNA vaccine product is not available at the time of your appointment (or is not known), you can receive a different mRNA vaccine for your second dose. (As an example, if you received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for your first dose, you can receive the Moderna vaccine for your second dose if the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is not available at the time of your second dose appointment).  

For individuals who received AstraZeneca/CoviShield for their first dose, PEI is recommending that an mRNA vaccine (either Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech) be offered as a second dose. Island residents will be able to choose to complete the series with AstraZeneca/CoviShield if they are unable to receive an mRNA vaccine for health reasons, or as a personal choice. 

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.

Children 12 to 15 years of age in Grades 7 to 9 can receive the vaccine either in their school or at a public clinic. A child will not be able to be vaccinated at school without a signed Parental Consent Form.

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;

Vaccine product

(manufacturer) 

Potential Allergen included in the vaccine Other products where the allergen may be found* 

Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19
(Pfizer-BioNTech)


Moderna COVID-19
(Moderna)

polyethylene glycol (PEG) •    Bowel preparation products for colonoscopy, laxatives, cough syrup, cosmetics, contact lens care solutions, skin care products, and as an additive in some food and drinks
Moderna COVID-19 (Moderna ONLY) Tromethamine (trometamol, Tris) •    Contrast agents, some oral and parenteral medications. 

AstraZeneca and CoviShield

Janssen

Polysorbates •    medications (e.g., vaccines, vitamins, oils, anticancer treatment and medication tablets), and some creams and ointments. 

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: 
July 22, 2021
Health and Wellness

General Inquiries

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

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

DeptHW@gov.pe.ca