What to expect during your vaccination appointment

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.

Will I get an official record of my COVID-19 vaccination?

Your vaccination record will be stored by your provincial or territorial health authority. Generally speaking, a paper and/or electronic copy of your COVID-19 vaccination record will also be provided to you. Please check with your local health authority or at the vaccination clinic to understand what documentation will be provided.

I have had a severe allergic reaction in the past, should I tell anybody?

Yes, you should start by discussing it with your doctor or health care provider so that you understand the risks and benefits of vaccination and can make an informed decision. If you and your health care provider agree that you should be vaccinated, be sure to tell the health care staff at the vaccination site that you have had one or more severe allergic reactions in the past. If you proceed with vaccination, you will be observed for a slightly longer period of time after getting the shot.

Why do I have to wait and be monitored for a few minutes before leaving the vaccination clinic?

Very rarely, serious reactions (including severe allergic reactions known as anaphylaxis) can occur after vaccination with any vaccine, including the COVID-19 vaccine. These rare side effects almost always occur shortly after vaccination. For this reason, every individual is asked to stay for at least 15 minutes so that they can be monitored by health care professionals for any serious reactions.

Do I need to wear a mask when I am getting the COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes, you must wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose during your appointment.

What should I wear to my appointment?

Make sure that you wear comfortable clothes and a t-shirt or loose-fitting top that allows the health care worker to easily access your upper arm muscle (deltoid) for vaccination.

Can I bring someone with me to my appointment?

Yes, if you need someone to help you navigate the vaccination process, or if you require support or interpretation, you can bring one person with you.

What do I need to bring to my appointment?

You should bring a printed or electronic copy of your appointment confirmation (registration). You should also bring your health card.