Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine

Effective immediately, pharmacists can administer the COVID-19 vaccine to all eligible individuals age 12 and over. Previously, pharmacists were able to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to eligible individuals age 18 and over; however, a recent regulatory change authorizes pharmacists to give the COVID vaccine to anyone age 12 and over.

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.

Get vaccinated at a clinic

Everyone 12 years of age and older is eligible to get vaccinated a COVID-19 Immunization Clinic.

Book your appointment at a pharmacy

Individuals 12 years of age and older who want to receive the Moderna SpikevaxTM or Pfizer-BioNTech ComirnatyTM vaccine can book their vaccine appointment with a partner pharmacy.

On-site Mobile Vaccine Clinics

Employers with more than five employees who wish to be immunized at their place of work can call 1-844-975-3303 to request an ON-SITE clinic for first and second doses.

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

Getting a Vaccine

What do I need to book my appointment?

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

Where will I get the vaccine?

COVID-19 Immunization Clinics have been set up in Montague, Charlottetown, Summerside and O’Leary to safely and efficiently deliver the vaccine to Island residents. The COVID-19 Immunization Clinics are administering the Pfizer-BioNTech ComirnatyTM and Moderna SpikevaxTM vaccines. Drop-in appointments are also welcome.

A number of partner pharmacies in PEI are participating in the COVID-19 immunization program and are also offering the Pfizer-BioNTech ComirnatyTM and Moderna SpikevaxTM vaccines to Island residents 18 years of age and older.

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 do I do if I need to reschedule my vaccine appointment?

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.

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

Currently, PEI recommends waiting 6 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 6 weeks for essential reasons (e.g. unexpected travel for compassionate reasons).

When am I considered to be fully immunized?

You are considered fully immunized 14 days after you have received the full series of a COVID-19 vaccine approved for use in Canada or a combination of two different COVID-19 vaccines approved for use in Canada; currently those are:

  • 2 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech ComirnatyTM
  • 2 doses of Moderna SpikevaxTM
  • 2 doses of AstraZeneca VaxzevriaTM / CoviShield
  • Any two dose combination of the above (e.g. 1 dose of Moderna SpikevaxTM  + 1 dose of AstraZeneca VaxzevriaTM)
  • 1 dose of Janssen/Johnson & Johnson

If you received one or two doses of a non-Health Canada approved COVID-19 vaccine, you will be considered fully immunized 14 days after receiving one dose of an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech ComirnatyTM or Moderna SpikevaxTM).

You will also be considered fully immunized 14 days after receiving three doses of any non-Health Canada approved COVID-19 vaccine.

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;

Vaccine product

(manufacturer) 

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

Pfizer-BioNTech ComirnatyTM COVID-19
(Pfizer-BioNTech ComirnatyTM)


Moderna SpikevaxTM COVID-19
(Moderna SpikevaxTM)

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 SpikevaxTM (Moderna SpikevaxTM ONLY) Tromethamine (trometamol, Tris) •    Contrast agents, some oral and parenteral medications. 

AstraZeneca VaxzevriaTM 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?

COVID-19 vaccines may be given at the same time as, or any time before or after other vaccines which includes influenza vaccine.

There is currently limited data on the administration of other vaccines with COVID-19 vaccines. There is a possibility of increased side effects when a COVID-19 vaccine and another vaccine are administered at the same or within days of each other.

Published date: 
October 19, 2021
Health and Wellness

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Department of Health and Wellness
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Phone: 902-368-6414
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DeptHW@gov.pe.ca