COVID-19 vaccines

The scheduling system that is used to book vaccination appointments for COVID-19, mpox, and influenza, as well as COVID-19 rapid test pickups in NB will be undergoing scheduled maintenance from Jan. 29 to Feb. 1, 2023. During that time, booking and changes will not be possible. Tele-Services 1-833-437-1424 is available to assist with any questions, including rapid test pickup, during the scheduled maintenance. If you are looking to book a new appointment or make changes to an existing appointment, please do so prior to January 29 or after Feb 1.

The more people who are immunized against COVID-19, the harder it is for the virus to spread.  We strongly recommend to stay up-to-date with the COVID vaccines recommended to you. Do your part and get vaccinated. 

How to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment

  • To book a COVID or influenza vaccine for children 6 months to 5 years, please go to the scheduler. If no appointments in the scheduler, call your local Public health office at the following numbers: Public Health Clinics (gnb.ca)

  • To book a COVID or influenza vaccine for children 5 to 11 years, please go to the scheduler. If no appointments in the scheduler, call your local pharmacy first and if no appointments contact your local Public health office at the following numbers: Public Health Clinics (gnb.ca)

  • To book a COVID or influenza vaccine for people 12 years and older, please go to the scheduler. If no appointments in the scheduler, call your local 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 yourself. If you are aged 16 or older, you can book an appointment yourself, at a participating pharmacy. 

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

At a pharmacy

The pharmacy appointment link below lists all participating pharmacies by zone. Each pharmacy has a list of the vaccines that are currently offering at that location. A limited amount of the Novavax Nuvaxovid COVID-19 vaccine is available at participating pharmacies. If there are no clinics in your zone, please contact Tele-Services at 1-833-437-1424 or email VNB@gnb.ca

At a Public Health clinic

Some locations around the province will continue to offer immunizations at Public Health clinics instead of pharmacies.
These clinics are also available for those aged 6 months to 5 and 5-11 year olds. A limited amount of Janssen Jcovden is available at participating clinics. The clinic appointment link below lists all clinics by zone and includes the vaccines available at each location.

If you need help booking an appointment, contact Tele-Services at 1-833-437-1424

Who should get vaccinated?

Every eligible New Brunswicker aged 6 months and older 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. 

Pregnant and breastfeeding women are strongly encouraged to complete their primary vaccine series and receive a booster dose at any stage of pregnancy. The National Advisory Committee on Immunizations (NACI) continues to re-affirm the importance and safety of COVID-19 vaccinations during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Moderately to Severely immunocompromised individuals are recommended to get additional doses for best protection. should discuss with their health care provider the number of doses required for optimal protection. If you have questions about the vaccine or your health conditions, contact your primary healthcare provider or speak to a pharmacist near you. 

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.

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.

If you have not started or you are still in the middle of getting your primary series doses, it is best to wait 8 weeks (minimum of 4 weeks for moderately to severely immunocompromised individuals) between the infection and next dose.

If you have completed your primary series, it is best to wait 5 months (minimum 3 months) since either your last vaccine dose OR the date of your COVID-19 infection (whichever is more recent).

These intervals serve as a guide and should you have concerns regarding how this applies to you, please communicate with your Primary Health Care Provider. It is important to follow these intervals as much as possible given the benefits of a better immune response and protection against COVID-19.

Booster doses

Public Heath strongly recommends that all New-Brunswickers aged 5  years and over receive a fall/winter booster dose regardless of the number of previous booster doses received, if 5 months (minimum of 3 months) has passed since your last COVID-19 vaccine (or infection). This is especially important as we anticipate a spike in COVID-19 infections as we move inside during the winter months.

A monovalent booster is the term used for the original COVID vaccines and a bivalent booster is the term used for the booster product that targets both the original strain of SARS-CoV-2 and the Omicron variant of concern. Both Moderna and Pfizer bivalent mRNA booster products are now being offered in the province. They are considered next-generation vaccines, which will provide enhanced protection against Omicron subvariants, and are both effective at broadening the immune system’s response. 

Please refer to the table below to see which recommended booster product is available to you.

 

NEW BRUNSWICK’S RECOMMENDED BOOSTER VACCINE AND
INTERVALS  FOR ELIGIBLE POPULATIONS

 

Populations and age of eligibility 

Recommended
booster doses

All children aged between aged 6 months to 4 years and 11 months

*Not eligible for booster doses

All children aged 5 years to 11 years 

Eligible for a fall/winter bivalent booster.

Children who previously received a monovalent (original) booster in the fall can receive a bivalent booster if a minimum of 5 months has passed since their dose.

All individuals aged 12 and over (including First Nations, Metis, Inuit, residents of long-term care facilities)

Eligible for a fall/winter bivalent booster.

Individuals who are at an increased risk for severe outcomes from COVID-19, should not delay their planned vaccination. in anticipation of a bivalent Omicron-containing vaccine. Anyone choosing to delay a booster dose should carefully consider their individual risk.

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.

If you are planning international travel and your destination requires proof of vaccination

It is recommended that people travelling internationally verify the travel requirements for their destination well in advance. Each country has its own regulations about what type of vaccination proof is required, the types of vaccines accepted, the number of doses required, and any exemptions to public health measures.

See Frequently Asked Questions 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: December 23, 2022

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