Before getting vaccinated

The following information was developed for Labatt by medical professionals and public health experts using Canadian government and other scientific and medical sources.

It is not intended as medical advice. Always seek the advice of a qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding the COVID-19 vaccine.

Should I get vaccinated if I have already had COVID-19?

Yes, people who have previously had COVID-19 should be vaccinated. If you have recently had COVID-19, you should wait until you are feeling better and your period of self-isolation is over before receiving the vaccine.

Can I choose which COVID-19 vaccine I receive?

No, recipients will not be able to choose between different COVID-19 vaccines, but can choose to receive or decline the vaccine offered to them at the vaccination clinic. All vaccines are highly effective against symptomatic COVID-19 infection. It is recommended that people get the first vaccine that is available to them.

When will it be my turn to get vaccinated?

The timing for when you can receive the COVID-19 vaccine varies across Canada. Generally, however, provinces and territories have prioritized residents of long-term care homes, other seniors, frontline health care workers, and Indigenous people. After these groups, those with medical conditions that put them at greater risk of severe COVID-19, essential workers and younger individuals will be invited to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. You should check with your local health authority, or public health, provincial or territorial officials to better understand when it will be your turn to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Is vaccination mandatory?

No, receiving the COVID-19 vaccine is entirely voluntary. It is your choice whether or not to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Who is eligible?

All residents of Canada, regardless of immigration status, are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Currently, only individuals 18 years of age and older are eligible to receive the Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. Individuals 16 years of age and older are eligible to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.