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 first dose appointment at a clinic

Everyone 12 years of age or older can now book an appointment at a clinic.

Use the online booking tool, at:

Use the online booking tool (link is external)

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

Book your first dose appointment at a Pharmacy

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

Book with a partner pharmacy

In-school COVID-19 immunizations

Youth aged 12-15 in grades 7, 8 and 9 will have the opportunity to get the vaccine at school (or may book at a vaccine clinic) beginning the week of June 4, 2021. Information about in-school COVID-19 immunizations will be sent home with students.

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?

For individuals who received their 1st dose of the COVID-19 Vaccine at a clinic, you will be contacted by our partner at Skip The Waiting Room with details about your 2nd dose as follows:

  • if you received your 1st dose in March or April, you should have already been contacted (if you have not, please call the toll-free vaccine booking line at 1-844-975-3303)
  • if you received your 1st dose in May, you will be contacted by the end of June
  • if you have or are receiving your 1st dose in June, you will be contacted in July

Individuals who received their 1st of the COVID-19 vaccine at a partner pharmacy, you will be contacted by that same pharmacy about your 2nd dose appointment.

PLEASE DO NOT book online for vaccine #2. You WILL be contacted.

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 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?

Your second dose of the vaccine should be the same product as the first dose that you received. However, when the same mRNA COVID-19 vaccine product you received for your first dose is not readily available for your second dose, or is unknown, another mRNA COVID-19 vaccine product recommended for use for your age group can and should be offered for the second dose to complete the vaccine series.

I received the AstraZeneca vaccine for my first dose.  Can I get the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine for my second dose?

For individuals who received the AstraZeneca/CoviShield vaccine for their first dose, Tthe National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) recommends that either the AstraZeneca/CoviShield vaccine or an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine product (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) be given for the second dose based on what is recommended for your age group.

Individuals who received the AstraZeneca/CoviShield vaccine for their first dose will be contacted by the administering pharmacy to discuss the options for their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

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.

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: 
June 14, 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