Who Should Get a COVID-19 vaccine?
Vaccinations for influenza and COVID-19 are recommended for all individuals six months of age and older, if it has been six months since their last COVID-19 vaccine or COVID-19 infection.
COVID-19 vaccination is strongly recommended for individuals at high risk for severe disease, including:
- Adults 65 years of age and older;
- Residents of long-term care and other senior congregate living facilities;
- Individuals with underlying medical conditions that place them at higher risk of severe COVID-19 infection;
- Individuals who are pregnant; and
- Individuals who identify as First Nation, Inuit or Métis.
It is safe for individuals to receive both the influenza and COVID-19 vaccines at the same time.
Please remember to bring your MCP card and wear a short-sleeved shirt.
Vaccination clinics begin on Monday, October 16, 2023.
Clinics are by appointment only
- Vaccine appointments can be booked online on the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s website at TimefortheShot.ca.
- Individuals who wish to receive both flu and COVID-19 vaccines should choose a flu vaccine appointment and let the staff know they would also like to receive a COVID-19 vaccine upon arrival at the vaccine clinic. They are not required to book separate appointments for both vaccines.
For frail or homebound clients only
Very frail or homebound individuals who cannot travel to a public clinic or visit a pharmacist or doctor can arrange a home visit by calling one of the numbers listed below:
- Eastern Urban and Rural Zones, 1-833-951-3884
- Central Zone, 1-833-961-3749
- Labrador Grenfell Zone, 1-833-960-3643
- Western Zone, 1-833-703-5470
- Those booking for a group of people, ie, family members, must book a separate appointment for each individual, regardless of whether the booking is made online or via the toll-free number.
- If back-to-back appointments are preferred but not available at time of booking, those with confirmed separate appointments can arrive at the clinic together and will be accommodated wherever possible.
The vaccine is also available at no cost through local pharmacies and family physicians.
Ensuring your COVID-19 booster is up to date, as well as getting the flu shot, are the most effective ways to reduce illness and complications from these diseases and can significantly lower the risk of potentially contracting influenza and COVID-19 at the same time , which could cause severe illness, especially for at-risk individuals.
Getting the COVID-19 vaccine and the flu shot are important in helping protect yourself, your family and vulnerable people in your community and will help to reduce the impact on the health-care system in the event of a potential surge of influenza or COVID-19 cases.
How Can I Protect Myself from Infection?
Individuals are reminded to practice prevention and control measures such as:
- Washing your hands often;
- Practicing proper cough and sneeze etiquette;
- Covering your mouth and nose with your arm when coughing and sneezing and immediately dispose of used tissues in the trash; and
- Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.