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. 

Vaccination after a COVID infection is important. A COVID infection does offer an immune response and protection  however similar to the vaccine its protection does decrease over time. The combination of having been infected and also being immunized (called hybrid immunity) does provide strong protection against new variants and spacing them apart offers the most protection.

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

mRNA vaccines (Pfizer/Moderna) are the recommended product for all vaccine doses.

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 or speak to a pharmacist near you. 

Currently, vaccines approved in Canada are approved for those aged 6 months and over. 

Vaccination is very important, even if you have had COVID-19. Vaccination after infection helps improve the immune response and may provide better long-lasting protection against current and future variants of the virus. A longer time between infection and vaccination may result in a better immune response. 

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

When should you get vaccinated after a COVID-19 infection?


Individuals who have been infected with COVID can optimize their benefit of a strong immune response by timing and spacing their next vaccine dose since the time of infection.

 

The National Advisory Committee on Immunizations (NACI) continues to monitor the safety of additional doses of mRNA COVID-19. NACI has released its updated guidance on the timing of vaccination post infection on June 29th , 2022. New-Brunswick is following this guidance and the following intervals are recommended between a  COVID-19 vaccine infection and your next vaccine dose.

COVID-19 infection and getting your vaccine before starting or completing your primary series vaccinations

Population Age 

Interval

6 months of age and older; not considered moderately to severely immunocompromised; no previous history of Multisystem inflammatory Syndrome (MIS-C) 8 weeks after symptom onset or positive test  
6 months  of age and older; moderately to severely immunocompromised; no previous history of MIS-C

4 to 8 weeks after symptom onset or positive test 

6 months   of age and older; previous history of MIS-C (regardless of immunocompromised state

Receive the vaccine dose when clinically recovered or >90 days since the onset of MIS-C, whichever is longer

Getting your booster dose after having a COVID-19 infection

Population age 

Interval

Healthy individuals 12 years of age and older 

5 months (minimum 3 months) from either your last vaccine dose OR the date of your COVID-19 infection (whichever is more recent)

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


Are you eligible?

 

All New Brunswickers aged 6 months and older are eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

 


Vaccine information for youth aged 5 to 17

Getting vaccinated is easy. Everyone aged 6 months or older is eligible to get vaccinated.

If you are aged 16 or older, you can book an appointment yourself, at a participating pharmacy. If you are  between the ages of 12 to 15, and your consent is filled out by your parent or legal guardian, you can schedule an appointment at a participating pharmacy.

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.
 

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


How to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment

The Government of New Brunswick has partnered with community pharmacies in the province to provide appointments for New Brunswickers to get vaccinated.  The process for booking can vary from pharmacy to pharmacy. Some pharmacies offer online scheduling, while others require that you call to book your appointment. For a list of participating pharmacies open the “Find a Pharmacy” list below and click on the pharmacy nearest you for appointment booking directions or call your local pharmacy today.

Some locations around the province, including Grand Manan, will continue to offer immunizations at Horizon & Vitalite (RHA) vaccine clinics instead of pharmacies. These clinics are also available for those aged 6 months to 5 and 5-11 year olds. To schedule an appointment at one of these clinics, please use the RHA online booking system, contact Tele-Services at 1-833-437-1424 or email VNB@gnb.ca.

A limited amount of the Janssen and Novavax Nuvaxovid COVID-19 vaccines are available to eligible New Brunswickers over 18 years of age.

To schedule an appointment for a Janssen vaccine, you can select an appointment through the online booking system. If there are no clinics in your zone, please contact Tele-Services at 1-833-437-1424 or email VNB@gnb.ca. Please note, mRNA vaccine products are the recommended vaccines. If you are aware of the differences and wish to proceed with an appointment for Janssen, proceed with scheduling your appointment.

To schedule an appointment for a Novavax Nuvaxovid vaccine, you can select an appointment through the participating pharmacies list. If there are no clinics in your zone, please contact Tele-Services at 1-833-437-1424 or email VNB@gnb.ca. Please note, if you have previously received a mRNA vaccine (Pfizer/Moderna) it is recommended to book another mRNA vaccine. If you are aware of the differences and wish to proceed with an appointment for Novavax, proceed with scheduling your appointment.

Booster doses

COVID vaccines remain an essential first defense against serious illness and death from COVID-19. With the presence of Omicron and the likely emergence of new variants in the future, primary vaccines and booster doses will provide the best protection. We strongly recommend individuals to stay up-to-date with the COVID vaccines recommended. If you have recently had a COVID infection, review When should you get vaccinated after a COVID-19 infection section on this page.

Please see the table below to see which boosters are available to you now.

 

NEW BRUNSWICK’S RECOMMENDED BOOSTER SERIES
INTERVALS  FOR ELIGIBLE POPULATIONS

 

Populations and age of eligibility 

New Brunswick’s recommended
interval between the last primary series dose
and subsequent booster doses

Healthy children aged between aged 6 months to 11 years
*Not eligible for either first or second  boosters doses 
Healthy children and youth aged 12 to 17 years

5 months between the last primary series dose and the FIRST BOOSTER dose

*Not eligible for second booster at this time

First Nations, Metis and Inuit individuals aged 12 years and over

5 months between the last primary series dose and the FIRST BOOSTER dose

5 months between FIRST BOOSTER dose and SECOND BOOSTER dose

Healthy individuals 12 years old and over

 

5 months between the last primary series dose and the FIRST BOOSTER dose

Healthy individuals 18 years old and over

 

5 months between FIRST BOOSTER and the SECOND BOOSTER dose

All residents of long-term care facilities aged 18 years  and over

5 months between FIRST BOOSTER dose and SECOND BOOSTER dose

Individuals who are moderately to severely immunocompromised

Moderately to severely immunocompromised individuals have additional recommended doses and should check with their health care provider on the proper number of doses required for optimal protection against COVID-19

Before your appointment

Before booking, please make sure you:

1. Review the vaccination information sheet for the SARS-CoV-2 Vaccines (COVID-19) you will receive. 

More information on each specific vaccine is also available on Get The Facts
  

2.  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.


Cancel or rescheduling a vaccination appointment

To cancel or reschedule a vaccination appointment follow these steps:

If you booked an appointment organized by Horizon Health Network or Vitalité Health Network click here or call 1-833-437-1424. 

You will need:

  • Booking ID (or date of birth)
  • Confirmation email

If you don’t have a Booking ID (or date of birth) you can fill out following form or call  1-833-437-1424 for assistance.

To cancel your appointment at a participating pharmacy please follow the pharmacy's instructions regarding cancellations. Please check the pharmacy's website or their social media accounts before calling.

If your appointment was made at a pharmacy in New Brunswick using GNB’s scheduling system, you can use the process above outlined for Horizon Health Network or Vitalité Health Network to cancel or reschedule your appointment.


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 should 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. 

If your first dose was received outside of New Brunswick

If you received a dose of COVID-19 vaccine outside of New Brunswick, please reach out to a participating pharmacy to complete your series.

NB residents who have received immunizations outside of New Brunswick can email their contact information to immunizationrecordupdates@gnb.ca and they will be contacted by to have their immunizations entered on MyHealthNB.

If you have received immunization outside of New Brunswick and you want to update your immunization record

New Brunswick residents who have received immunizations outside of New Brunswick can email their contact information to immunizationrecordupdates@gnb.ca. They will be contacted by Public Health to have their immunizations entered in the Public Health Information Solution. Once added, they will be viewable in MyHealthNB.

If you want to have a correction made to your demographic information on your current immunization record

New Brunswick residents can email their contact information to immunizationrecordupdates@gnb.ca. They will be contacted by Public Health to have their demographic information entered in the Public Health Information Solution. Once added, they will be viewable in MyHealthNB.

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

See Travel Information for information on proof of vaccination for travel outside of Canada.


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:

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) advises the Moderna Spikevax and the Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty mRNA vaccines can be used interchangeably for first, second and booster doses. Both vaccines work the same way and are safe and effective in providing protection against COVID-19, including reducing the spread and providing very good protection against serious illness, hospitalization and death.

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. You will need additional dose(s) of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) and depending on the vaccine you received and your health situation, the health care provider will discuss the number of doses you require to complete your COVID-19 vaccine series.

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

 

Last updated: July 26, 2022

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