COVID-19 Vaccine Information

People with certain health conditions were not included in clinical trials for Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Anyone who identifies with any of the situations listed below should have a conversation with their health care provider (such as family doctor, pharmacist or specialist) to assess their personal situation to decide if getting the vaccine is right for them. This guidance may change as new information and evidence becomes available.  
People who identify within the following groups may be able to receive vaccine following discussion with their healthcare provider. This includes anyone who:
  • has a weakened immune system due to disease or treatment, or has an auto-immune disorder 
  • has history of anaphylactic reaction to any of the components in the vaccine or its container
  • has any problems after their first dose of this vaccine, such as an allergic reaction or breathing problem
  • is in the first trimester (first three months) of pregnancy
The Pfizer vaccine is not currently recommended for anyone under 16 years of age and the Moderna vaccine is not currently recommended for anyone under 18 years of age.

We recognize that Nova Scotia Health employees, physicians, learners and volunteers and other Nova Scotians are eager to receive the vaccine and have compelling reasons to be vaccinated. For more information about Nova Scotia’s immunization strategy please visit:

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