COVID-19 vaccines

The more people who are immunized against COVID-19, the harder it is for the virus to spread. You are not properly protected until after your second dose. Do your part and get fully vaccinated. 

Update

November 23

Parents and guardians can now book an appointment online for children aged five to 11 to receive their first dose of the pediatric Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine. These vaccination clinics are offered through the Vitalité and Horizon health networks.

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Get vaccinated

Vaccines help protect you and the people around you. The more people who are immunized against COVID-19, the harder it is for the virus to spread. This will save lives and lead to the lifting of restrictions. 

There is no cost to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Public vaccination programs have saved lives and prevented infections in Canada and around the world for decades.

Do your part and get fully vaccinated. 

 


Who should get vaccinated?

Every New Brunswicker who can get vaccinated should get vaccinated.

Vaccines are safe and effective. By saying “yes” to vaccination, you are helping to protect yourself, your family and your community against COVID-19. 

For some people, the decision to get vaccinated will require consideration of risks versus benefits. If you have questions about the vaccine or your health conditions, contact your primary healthcare provider. 

Currently, the vaccines approved in Canada are not approved for those under the age of 5. 

 

Have questions?

Find information about New Brunswick's roll-out, approved vaccines and vaccine safety here.

Get the facts

Information for health and allied health professionals

COVID-19 vaccine information for physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other health care providers.

Resources for health professionals

Are you an NB resident who got vaccinated in another province or country?

If so, you can now register to be counted in New Brunswick’s vaccination program.

Register now


Interchangeability and fully vaccinated

At this time New Brunswick recommends that everyone should receive a complete COVID-19 vaccination series to protect themselves from COVID regardless of any past COVID infection.

In New Brunswick, you're considered fully vaccinated 14 days after you have any of the following COVID-19 vaccine combinations:

  • 2 doses of AstraZeneca or COVISHIELD
  • 2 doses of Moderna
  • 2 doses of Pfizer
  • 2 doses of a combination of COVID-19 vaccines (AstraZeneca, COVISHIELD, Moderna and Pfizer)
  • 1 dose of Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)
  • complete series of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by the World Health Organization

If you received 1 or more doses of a COVID-19 vaccine that's not approved by Health Canada and/or the World Health Organization, you’re not considered fully vaccinated and need one dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna).

NOTE-AstraZeneca is not offered for those under the age of 55 years old in New-Brunswick.

 

More information is available on the Public Health Agency of Canada webpage on the Interchangeability of authorized COVID-19 vaccines.

Are you eligible?

 

All New Brunswickers aged five (or turning five in 2021) and older are eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

 


Vaccine information for youth aged 5 to 17

Getting vaccinated is easy. Everyone aged five (or turning five in 2021) or older is eligible to get vaccinated.

If you are aged 16 or older, you can book an appointment yourself, with your friends or with your family.

Parents/Guardians have an important role in discussing treatments which affect a minor’s health and well-being. It is highly recommended that parents/legal guardians discuss COVID-19 disease and immunization with their children in a loving and caring environment.

If you are aged between 12 (or turning 12 years of age in 2021) to 15 and your consent is filled by your parent or legal guardian, you can make plans with friends or your family to get appointments at the same time.

If you want to get vaccinated with a group of friends or your family, you must each have an appointment. To book your appointment, you first need to register here or can contact a local pharmacy for an appointment.

 

The Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty and Moderna Spikevax COVID-19 vaccines are approved by Health Canada for use in children aged 12 to 17. The pediatric Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine is approved by Health Canada for use in children aged five to 11. If you would like more information on these vaccines, click here to Get the Facts.

Information for parents, caregivers or legal guardians

Under the New Brunswick Medical Consent of Minors Act, children can give consent as a mature minor to receive health care, like getting a vaccine. Under certain conditions they do not require parental consent; however, it is preferred that parents/legal guardians consent to immunizations for minors younger than 16.  

For more information on Mature Minor consent for COVID-19 vaccination: PDF


Vaccinations for homebound individuals

Extra-Mural/Ambulance New Brunswick are providing vaccinations to homebound individuals who are unable to leave their home to go to a pharmacy or regional health authority vaccination clinic. Existing clients of the Extra-Mural Program will be assessed to determine if they qualify for this service.

Homebound individuals who are not Extra-Mural clients may also be referred for a home vaccination by their primary care provider.

 

Book your first dose

pharmacy

Get your vaccine through Horizon or Vitalité clinics

Having trouble registering online?

If you are unable to book a clinic online for a Horizon or Vitalité clinic, call
1-833-437-1424.

For more information about COVID-19 vaccination clinics through the RHAs visit:

Horizon Health NetworkVitalité Health Network

Book your second dose

pharmacy

Get your vaccine through Horizon or Vitalité clinics

Having trouble registering online?

If you are unable to book a clinic online for a Horizon or Vitalité clinic, call
1-833-437-1424.


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Get your vaccine through a pharmacy

If you got your first dose at a pharmacy, the pharmacy that you where received your first dose from may have given you an appointment for your second dose or may reach out to you.

Please check a pharmacy’s webpage or social media for availability before calling the pharmacy, or check the Find a Pharmacy document.


New Brunswick now recommends that individuals get their second dose of vaccine eight weeks after receiving their first dose to ensure optimal protection however individuals  are still able to receive their 2nd dose at 28 days.

Information on all COVID-19 Vaccines and other resources can be found here: Get the facts | COVID-19 vaccines (gnb.ca)

 

If your first dose was received outside of New Brunswick

If you received your first dose outside of New Brunswick and have lived in New Brunswick for at least four weeks, you can register for your second dose.

If you received a dose of COVID-19 vaccine outside of New Brunswick, please reach out to your local Public Health office. Contact information can be found online.

 


 

Choosing where to receive a second dose

If you have a copy of your record of immunization, you can book at either a clinic held by Vitalité or Horizon health networks or at a Pharmacy.

  • If you have lost your Record of Immunization and got your first dose at a New Brunswick Pharmacy, you can book an appointment through either a pharmacy or a clinic hosted by a regional health authority.
  • If you have lost your record of immunization and got your first dose at a clinic hosted by a regional health authority, you must again book through a regional health authority.
  • If you got your first dose outside of New Brunswick and have lost your record of immunization, you will need to contact the jurisdiction or organization that provided the first dose to obtain a record of that dose.

 

Book your booster dose

Who is currently eligible for a booster dose and what is the recommended interval?

The following groups can book an appointment for a booster dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine if at least 28 days have passed since their second dose:

  • Individuals 12 and over who are moderately to severely immunocompromised due to a medical condition or treatment. A complete list of medical conditions and  treatments can be found on the Declaration of Eligibility form. Individuals will need to sign this form attesting that they meet the eligibility criteria.
  • Fully immunized individuals who have received one or two doses of the AstraZeneca Vaxzevria/COVISHIELD vaccine in their series, regardless of their age.
  • Individuals who received a mixed vaccine series and must travel outside of North America for work, education or medical procedures. These individuals must provide a letter that includes their first and last name that shows their travel outside North America is essential.
  • Individuals who received one dose of the Janssen vaccine

The following groups can book an appointment for a booster dose if at least six months has passed since their second dose:

  • First Nation individuals
  • Health-care personnel – including those working in long-term care facilities
  • Individuals 65 and older
  • School personnel

Residents of long-term care facilities are also eligible for a booster dose.

 

pharmacy

Get your vaccine through Horizon or Vitalité clinics

Having trouble registering online?

If you are unable to book a clinic online for a Horizon or Vitalité clinic, call
1-833-437-1424.


pharmacy

Get your vaccine through a pharmacy

If you got your first dose or second at a pharmacy, the pharmacy that you received your first dose from may have given you an appointment for your second dose or may reach out to you if they know you are eligible for a third dose.

Please check a pharmacy’s webpage or social media for availability before calling the pharmacy, or check the Find a Pharmacy document.


Before you book

Before booking, please make sure you:

1. Review the pre-vaccination information sheet for the vaccine you will receive:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech
  • Moderna vaccine
  • AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD AND supplemental information

2.  If applicable, review:

3.  Review, complete and sign your immunization consent form

Bring your signed consent form to your appointment. (Separate consent forms are required for each dose)

If you do not have access to a printer or cannot print the consent form, one will be available at the appointment.
You must complete the form before you can receive a vaccine.

If English or French are not your first language, you can see a translation of the form for reference purposes. You will need to complete and sign either an English or French consent form.

4. Please also make sure you have the following:

  • Your calendar/agenda/day planner
  • Your provincial Medicare card
  • Your postal code
  • Your date of birth
  • Your phone number and email address (if applicable)
  • Your priority group code (if applicable)

If this is your second dose:

  • Your Record of Immunization 

New Brunswick is following the recommendations of the National Advisory Committee on Immunization regarding the interchangeability of mRNA vaccines (Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech.) See details here.

 


What to expect at the clinic

Arrive prepared

Get ready for your appointment:

  • Bring your medicare card.
  • Wear a short-sleeved shirt or a shirt with sleeves that can easily be rolled up.
  • Bring a mask with you. You will be required to wear a mask at all times.
  • Arrive 5 minutes early to your appointment and expect to stay at least 15 minutes after your vaccine.

If this is your second dose:

  • Your Record of Immunization 

Follow signage and instruction to complete the registration process, get your vaccine, and wait in the observation area.

Please be patient, even with appointments the clinic could be running behind schedule.

 

Cancel or rescheduling a vaccination appointment

Need to cancel or reschedule a vaccination appointment booked online through www.gnb.ca/bookavaccine or by calling 1-833-437-1424? 

If you are no longer able to attend the appointment at a clinic organized by Horizon Health Network or Vitalité Health Network, you may cancel or reschedule the appointment.

If you have the Booking ID found in the appointment confirmation email and the date of birth of the person scheduled to receive the vaccine, you can cancel AND reschedule the appointment by clicking here.

If you don’t have the Booking ID or date of birth, you can cancel the appointment by filling out the following form OR by calling 1-833-437-1424 to reach someone who will assist you in cancelling or rescheduling your appointment.

If you submit the cancellation form, wait to receive a cancellation email before booking a new appointment. The email will be sent within 48 hours of submitting the form. At this time, you will be able to book another appointment online or by calling 1-833-437-1424.

The earlier you can provide notification, the better. By cancelling your appointment as soon as possible, you may be helping someone else in your community get vaccinated sooner against COVID-19.

 


If you have made an appointment with a pharmacy, please follow the pharmacy's instructions regarding cancellations. Please check the pharmacy's website or their social media accounts before calling

After your appointment

It takes approximately 14-21 days for a dose to provide full efficacy. 

Monitor for side effects

Side effects are generally mild and might include tenderness at the injection site, a low fever, aching joints, a headache or lethargy. These symptoms should not last more than a week or lead to a high fever. If this happens, contact your primary health care provider or 8-1-1.

Follow public health measures

Until enough people have been fully vaccinated to stop the spread of COVID-19, we must all:

  • continue to follow public health advice and restrictions
  • wear a mask or face covering
  • practice physical distancing
  • stay close to home as much as possible
  • keep social circles small

 


Record of COVID-19 Immunization

The paper Record of COVID-19 Immunization provided from Vaccination Clinics and Community Pharmacies is and will continue to be your official record. 

If you have lost your Record of COVID-19 Immunization and you require a replacement copy, you may view and print your Record of COVID-19 Immunization online through MyHealthNB. Please note that it may take up to five business days after your vaccination appointment for immunization records to be processed and appear in MyHealthNB.

If you already created a MyHealthNB account, log in to access your COVID-19 vaccinations. If you do not have access to your COVID-19 information on MyHealthNB, you can Add Access using a registration code

Horizon or Vitalité COVID-19 vaccination and testing appointments continue to provide registration codes to allow individuals 16 or older with an NB Medicare card, to register for a MyHealthNB account and securely access their COVID-19 information. 

If you do not have a registration code and received at least one COVID-19 vaccine in New Brunswick, you can register or add access (go to myhealth.gnb.ca for details).

Parents/Guardians may also access a child’s COVID-19 information, by adding the child to their own account. The child must be under 16, have an NB Medicare number, and a registration code.

See Frequently Asked Questions for details on MyHealthNB eligibility and online immunization record views.. 

See Proof of Vaccination for guidance on entry to NB locations requiring proof for non-essential services and travel outside.