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What is London Drugs’ role in COVID-19 vaccinations?
London Drugs certified injection pharmacists will administer the vaccine safely and effectively to people who are eligible as determined by federal and provincial governments.
When will COVID-19 vaccines be available in London Drugs for everyone?
A number of London Drugs locations in Alberta, British Columbia and Manitoba have been selected by their provincial government to deliver COVID-19 immunizations to eligible individuals as per their province vaccine rollout phases. Click here to book now.
Timing for other London Drugs pharmacies in Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan will depend on vaccine allocation from federal and provincial governments as well as phased eligibility.
Who is prioritized to receive the COVID-19 vaccine?
The Government of Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) provides advice to the Public Health Agency of Canada on priority of COVID-19 vaccination for population groups.
With this advice, provinces and territories have developed detailed COVID-19 immunization rollout plans for their residents including which population will receive the vaccine first. Click here to learn more.
For immunization rollout phases including timelines and eligibility, click on your respective province:
What COVID-19 vaccines have currently been approved?
Click here for more info on authorized COVID-19 vaccines.
Can COVID-19 vaccines be administered at different dosing intervals?
The recommendation is that the second dose of vaccine be administered as close as possible to the recommended interval. With recent limited vaccine supply and complex logistics for handling and storage, provincial health authorities may elect to individually adjust dosing intervals based on key considerations as per NACI guidance.
Is the vaccine safe?
Health Canada reviews COVID-19 vaccines and only vaccines that are safe and effective are approved for use in Canada.
What are the most common side effects?
The side effects are like what you might have with other vaccines, and include pain at the site of injection, body chills, feeling tired and feeling feverish.
These are common side effects of vaccines and do not pose a risk to health.
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Is there a cost to the vaccine?
COVID-19 vaccines will be free.
Do I still need to practice social distancing and wear a mask if I receive a vaccine?
Building up immunity takes time. One dose of vaccine may not be enough to provide individual protection. You may need to get a second shot to allow your body to develop adequate immunity. We do not yet know what level of immunity in the population is sufficient to achieve community immunity. Until that time, Canadians should continue to wash their hands, stay home when sick, maintain physical distancing, wear a face mask as appropriate, and keep using good cough and surface hygiene.
Learn more about modes of COVID-19 transmission.