HALIFAX, N.S. -- As vaccine efforts ramp up during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, CTV News Atlantic explores what you need to know about the multi-phased approaches each of the four Atlantic provinces are taking.

New Brunswick:

Who can get vaccinated right now?

New Brunswick will distribute the COVID-19 vaccine in four phases.

Phase 1, which is ongoing, focuses on immunizing the province’s most vulnerable, including long-term care residents and staff, frontline health-care staff, First Nations adults, and seniors.

The following groups are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine:

High school students who are 16 and older with complex medical conditions are also eligible to receive the vaccine. They are encouraged to review the list of select conditions prior to making an appointment and should also print a copy of the declaration form.

Vaccines will be administered by appointment only. People who meet the criteria are asked to book only one appointment in one location.

Who is eligible to receive the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine?

Appointments are now available for people 55 and older at upcoming AstraZeneca vaccination clinics organized by Horizon Health Network and Vitalité Health Network. Eligible individuals may register online or by calling 1-833-437-1424.

BEFORE BOOKING

Before booking, make sure to have the following:

  • Your calendar
  • Your Medicare card
  • Your postal code
  • Your date of birth
  • Your phone number and email address

A Medicare card will be required to book an appointment, however residents without a Medicare card are still eligible and should speak to a pharmacy. Appointments may be booked online if the pharmacy has an online booking tool on their website; otherwise, appointments should be made by calling the pharmacy.

WHO IS NEXT IN LINE?

On April 1, those 55 and older can book an appointment to get the AstraZeneca vaccine. You can book by going online or phoning 1-833-437-1424.

Phase 2, which is planned for April, will focus on vaccinating the following groups:

  • Ages :70 - 74, 65 - 69, 60 - 64
  • Residents and staff of communal settings (individuals aged 40 and older, with three or more select chronic conditions, are now eligible to book appointments for April)
  • Individuals who are housebound / unable to travel

WHERE DO I SIGN UP?

As vaccinations are completed within priority groups, New Brunswick will announce details on who can register, how and when.

WHERE ARE THE VACCINES BEING DISTRIBUTED?

The COVID-19 vaccine is being distributed through:

  • Pharmacies
  • Clinics through Horizon Health Network / Vitalité Health Network
  • Extra Mural / Ambulance NB
  • Clinics through employers

WHEN DO I GET MY SECOND DOSE?

For vulnerable populations, the second dose is being administered 28 days after the first. For those who are not considered at-risk, they will receive their second dose within 90 days of the first.

New Brunswick COVID Plan

Newfoundland and Labrador:

Who can get vaccinated right now?

Newfoundland and Labrador will distribute the COVID-19 vaccine in three phases.

The second phase of the COVID-19 immunization plan, which is currently in progress, is focused on the following groups of people:

  • adults 70 years of age and older, starting with those 80 years and older
  • adults who identify as First Nations, Inuit or Métis
  • staff, residents, and essential visitors at congregate living settings (shelters, group homes, transition houses, correctional facilities, and children or youth residential settings)
  • adults 60 to 69 years of age
  • adults in marginalized populations where infection could have disproportionate consequences (e.g. people experiencing homelessness or with precarious housing arrangements)
  • first responders (including career and volunteer firefighters, police officers, border services, and search and rescue crew)
  • frontline health care workers who were not immunized in Phase 1 and who may come into direct contact with patients (includes private health care workers)
  • people ages 16 to 59 who are clinically extremely vulnerable
  • people who are required to regularly travel in and out of the province for work, including truck drivers and other rotational workers
  • frontline essential workers who have direct contact with the public and cannot work from home during Alert Level 5

In order to assist in the planning and co-ordination of vaccination appointments, the province has launched a pre-registration system. Individuals 70 years of age and older (on or before Dec. 31, 2021), home support workers, and Indigenous adults can pre-register for the COVID-19 vaccine. You can pre-register online or by phone at 1-833-668-3930 or 709-273-3930. The pre-registration system will allow you to identify how you wish to be contacted to book a vaccine appointment. You will be contacted when a vaccine appointment is available for you.

Eastern Health - Eastern Health's COVID-19 vaccination clinics are open to residents who are ages 65 and over as of December 31, 2021. Anyone who has already pre-registered in the 70 plus years of age group should proceed to book an appointment. Individuals can book an appointment online (you will need to complete an eligibility questionnaire and consent form and, when prompted, type in the following authorization code: ECOV-KYZTQ-21). If you experience difficulty booking your appointment online, call 1-833-951-3884 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Central Health - Central Health is now booking appointments for residents aged 65-69 who wish to receive their first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Residents within this age group no longer have to pre-register for these clinics. Individuals can book an appointment online (you will need to complete an eligibility questionnaire and consent form and, when prompted, type in the following authorization code: CHCOV65VAC). If you experience difficultly booking your appointment contact 1-833-961-3749 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Western Health - Western Health is booking COVID-19 vaccination appointments for individuals aged 70 and older, Indigenous individuals and home support workers. Western Health anticipates that everyone 70 years and older will be contacted and offered an appointment by April 23rd.

Labrador-Grenfell Health - The following groups are now eligible to book an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine in the Labrador-Grenfell Regional Health Authority:

  • Adults (18 years of age and older) who identify as Indigenous
  • Adults 60 years of age and older
  • Adults in marginalized populations where infection could have disproportionate consequences
  • First responders
  • Frontline health care workers who may come into direct contact with patients
  • Staff, residents, and essential visitors at congregate living settings
  • Individuals (18+) who are clinically extremely vulnerable
  • People who are required to regularly travel in and out of the province for work, including truck drivers and other rotational workers
  • Frontline essential workers who have direct contact with the public and cannot work from home during Alert Level 5

WHO IS NEXT IN LINE?

Vaccines in Phase 3 will be offered to:

  • Anyone in priority groups remaining from Phase 1 or 2; and
  • Adults 16-59 years of age, starting with those 55 years of age and above, and then decreasing age limit by five-year age increments.

WHERE ARE THE VACCINES BEING DISTRIBUTED?

The location of Phase 1 vaccination clinics will be communicated to priority groups by the Regional Health Authority. In Phase 2 and 3, vaccination clinics will be organized across the province and mobile clinics will also be available.

Nova Scotia:

Who can get vaccinated right now?

Nova Scotia will distribute the COVID-19 vaccine in three phases.

The first phase of Nova Scotia’s COVID-19 immunization plan is focused on the following groups of people, who will get an invitation to receive their vaccine in a health care or long-term care clinic:

  • health-care workers who work directly with patients in hospital or patients in their home
  • people who work in long-term care facilities
  • people who live in long-term care facilities and their designated caregivers
  • people who live and work in Department of Community Services facilities like adult residential care centres and regional rehabilitation centres

Nova Scotia’s vaccine rollout has expanded to include individuals 65 years of age and older. Appointments can be booked online or by phone at 1-833-797-7772 (toll-free).

If you can’t make your appointment, or are feeling unwell, cancel through your online booking confirmation or by calling 811.

Who is eligible to receive the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine?

Nova Scotia is offering the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to Nova Scotians who are between the ages of 55 to 64.

The AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is given on a two-dose schedule. All appointments must be made online or by calling toll-free 1-833-797-7772.

Those eligible to receive the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine can book an appointment at a pharmacy clinic.

To book an appointment at a pharmacy clinic in the Central Zone click here.

To book an appointment at a pharmacy clinic in the Eastern Zone click here.

To book an appointment at a pharmacy clinic in the Northern Zone click here.

To book an appointment at a pharmacy clinic in the Western Zone click here.

Nova Scotians who are eligible, but do not want to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine, can get their vaccine when they become eligible based on their age under Nova Scotia’s COVID-19 immunization plan.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO MY APPOINTMENT?

Those attending a vaccination clinic must:

  • follow all COVID-19 public health protocols (including masking, hand hygiene, and physical distancing)
  • bring their patient letter, their Nova Scotia health card, and a photo ID
  • wear a short-sleeve shirt
  • arrive 10 minutes before your appointment

Those receiving a vaccine may bring one support person to help them and are encouraged to eat and drink water prior to their appointment.

Once you receive your vaccination, you will wait in the recovery area for 15 minutes before leaving to make sure you are feeling well.

WHERE ARE THE VACCINES BEING DISTRIBUTED?

If you’re 65 and older you can book an appointment at:

The Government of Nova Scotia has also provided vaccines for COVID-19 vaccination clinics in 13 Mi’kmaw communities across the province. Individuals who live in the 13 communities will be able to access the vaccine at a health centre in their community.

WHERE DO I SIGN UP?

Individuals 65 years old and older can book appointments online or by phone at 1-833-797-7772 (toll-free). You can book an appointment for yourself or your spouse. You can also have a family member or friend book an appointment for you. All appointments need to be booked in advance.

WHEN DO I GET MY SECOND DOSE?

When you book your appointment for your first dose, you’ll automatically be booked for your second appointment for the same time and location.

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW BEFORE REGISTERING?

Health officials suggest consulting with your health care provider or pharmacist it if you have concerns about receiving the vaccine, as some Nova Scotians may not be able to receive the vaccine because of their age or a health condition. Learn more here.

WHO DO I CONTACT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions, call 811 or the IWK COVID-19 hotline at (902) 233-3495, or visit novascotia.ca/coronavirus.

Nova Scotia COVID Plan

Prince Edward Island:

Who can get vaccinated right now?

The following groups are currently eligible to receive a vaccine:

  • Adults age 55 years and older
  • Individuals 16 years of age and older with underlying medical conditions (and all eligible members of their household)
  • Eligible household members (i.e. individuals 16 years of age and older) of any children under the age of 16 with underlying medical conditions
  • Frontline workers 40-59 years of age who interact with the public and cannot work virtually
  • Public and private sector health care workers, including clinicians and support staff, who work directly with patients in the community
  • Non-frontline health care workers needed to maintain health care system capacity

WHO IS NEXT?

Beginning Monday, April 19, individuals 50-54 years of age and older can book their appointment to receive a COVID-19 vaccine as per the following schedule:

  • Beginning Monday, April 19: individuals born in the months of January – April
  • Beginning Tuesday, April 20: individuals born in the months of May – August
  • Beginning Wednesday, April 21: individuals born in the months of September – December

Beginning Thursday, April 22, 2021, the following individuals can book their appointment to receive a COVID-19 vaccine:

  • Frontline workers 18-39 years of age who interact with the public and cannot work virtually

WHERE DO I SIGN UP?

Islanders who are 55 years of age and older can book appointments online or by phone at 1-844-975-3303. You will need your PEI health card number to book the appointment.

WHEN DO I GET MY SECOND DOSE?

You will receive an appointment for your second dose of the vaccine at the time of your first vaccination.

WHERE ARE THE VACCINES BEING DISTRIBUTED?

There are four community COVID-19 vaccination clinics:

  • Charlottetown COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic (161 St. Peters Rd., Charlottetown)
  • O’Leary COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic (14 MacKinnon Drive, O'Leary)
  • Summerside COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic (475 Granville St., Summerside)
  • Montague COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic (14 Rosedale Rd., Montague)

WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO MY APPOINTMENT?

Make sure to wear a mask and a short sleeve shirt for your vaccination appointment.