Frequently asked questions about vaccines

The Pomelo system lists two locations for booking your COVID-19 vaccine at the Village Mall in St. John’s. What is the difference between Village Mall Blue and Village Mall Yellow?

We have established two clinics at this location to better serve clients. You can book into either of the clinics at the Village Mall.

When will clinically vulnerable children age 12-16 be able to get a vaccine?

Clinically vulnerable children age 12 to 16 are eligible to get a vaccine as of Wednesday, May 12, 2021.

What vaccine will my child receive?

Children between 12 and 17 years of age are only eligible for the Pfizer vaccine.

My 11-year-old is turning 12 by December 31, 2021. How come I can’t book them for a vaccine while they are still 11?

The research and licensing for vaccine has only been completed on 12-year-olds and over. Therefore, it can only be administered on children once they reach their 12th birthday. Research is being done on children six months and up but, until this receives approval from Health Canada, we are not able to administer vaccines to anyone below age 12.
Eastern Health was able to administer vaccine for earlier priority groups based on age by the end of the calendar year because those groups had already reached the minimum age for administering the vaccine.

For more information on COVID-19 vaccines, please visit Health Canada or the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s vaccine information sheet found at  https://www.gov.nl.ca/covid-19/vaccine/files/COVID-19-Vaccine-Information-Sheet-May-3.pdf.

What do I need to know about vaccine schedules for my child with respect to the timing of the COVID-19 vaccine?

With the expansion of COVID-19 vaccine program to include students 12 years and older, it is important to ensure the correct timing is maintained between the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines such as HPV, Hepatitis B and Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) that an individual may have received before or after a COVID-19 vaccine. For more information on the school vaccination program, please visit https://www.gov.nl.ca/hcs/publichealth/cdc/immunizations.

The National Advisory Committee on Immunizations (NACI) recommends:

  • To wait for at least 14 days after the administration of another vaccine before administering a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • To wait for at least 28 days after the administration of each dose of COVID-19 vaccine before the administration of another vaccine.

When students, 12 years and older, are eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine, the timeframes between vaccines should be considered. For example:

  • Anyone 12 years and older:
    • Individuals who received a COVID-19 vaccine should wait at least 28 days before receiving another vaccine such as HPV, Hepatitis B, or any other vaccine.
    • Individuals who received a HPV, Hepatitis B, or any other vaccine should wait at least 14 days before receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Anyone 16 years and older who is an essential worker (retail/grocery store employee):
    • Individuals who received a COVID-19 vaccine should wait at least 28 days before receiving the Tdap vaccine.
    • Individuals who received a Tdap vaccine should wait at least 14 days before receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.

How can I reschedule my second dose appointment?

Eastern Health is now offering earlier appointments for COVID-19 second dose vaccines. These appointments are based on when first doses were administered to assist with the province’s re-opening plan. Second dose appointments should be scheduled at least 28 days and up to four months after an individual received a first dose.

For more information and to book vaccination appointments including second doses, please visit https://www.gov.nl.ca/covid-19/vaccine/gettheshot/.

How can I find out what priority group I am in to receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

The Provincial Government has established a phased approach for vaccine administration. You can find a list of priority groups on the priority groups web page.

Can I schedule an appointment for a clinic that is not in my area?

Yes.

I/my family member lives in a congregate living facility (long-term care, personal care home, community care home, or other), and missed the COVID-19 vaccination. What do I do?

All clients who reside in a congregate living facility and missed the first vaccination will be vaccinated by the immunizing team during the next scheduled round of vaccinations at that site. Eastern Health staff at that facility will keep track of all those waiting for an appointment, including those who were admitted since the last vaccination visit or those who were in isolation.

What do I need to know to prepare for my appointment?

  • Wear a shirt that allows for easy access to your upper arm, such as a short-sleeved shirt.
  • Bring your MCP card or another piece of identification that proves your age, such as your driver’s license, birth certificate or passport.
  • Arrive at the location no more than five minutes prior to your appointment.
  • Follow the directions of staff and signage.
  • Don’t forget to wear your mask and maintain physical distancing! The use of vented masks is not permitted.
  • Once you receive your vaccination, you will be directed back to your vehicle with further instructions.
  • Those without a personal vehicle will be provided a place to wait inside after vaccination.
  • When will I receive my second appointment for the second dose of vaccine?
  • Appointments for the second dose are generally within 16 weeks of the first dose. Eastern Health will be following up with individuals to notify them of their
  • appointment for their second dose of vaccine.

Where do I get vaccinated?

Clinics are located throughout the Eastern Health region.

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Last updated: 2021-09-24