COVID-19 Vaccine Information
Most people will be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
People with certain health conditions were not included in clinical trials for COVID-19 vaccines. Some people should have a conversation with their health care provider (such as family doctor, nurse practitioner, 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.
You may be able to get the vaccine after a discussion with your health care provider if you:
- have a weakened immune system due to disease or treatment, or have an auto-immune disorder
- have history of anaphylactic reaction to any of the components in the vaccine or its container
- have any problems after your first dose of this vaccine, such as an allergic reaction or breathing problem
- are in the first trimester (first three months) of pregnancy
Read more about deciding to get the COVID-19 vaccine while pregnant or breastfeeding.
Recommended age groups by vaccine:
- Pfizer BioNTech: 16 years and older
- Moderna: 18 years and older
- AstraZeneca/Covishield: 55 to 64 years of age
For more information about Nova Scotia’s immunization strategy please visit: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/vaccine/.
- COVID-19 vaccines (Government of Canada site)
- Vaccine safety (Government of Canada site)
- Canada’s COVID-19 Immunization Plan: Saving Lives and Livelihoods (.pdf)
- COVID-19 Vaccine - Information Sheet and After Care Information – Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech and AstraZeneca/Covishield.
- Watch a video on what to expect at a Nova Scotia community vaccine clinic below: