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Changes to Second Dose Appointments for COVID-19 Vaccines

Central Health is moving up its COVID-19 second dose appointments based on when first doses were administered to assist with the province’s re-opening plan. Starting today, those who are due for their second dose at the earliest timeframe, will be able to move their appointment up. This will be a phased-in approach that will allow people to book a new appointment based on the date that they were immunized. Notices will continue over the following weeks, reflecting the same order as first dose appointments. This will continue until all second doses are rescheduled.

The first phase of changes are as follows:

  • Individuals who received their first dose vaccine between March 2 and March 25 and were given second dose appointments between July 1 and July 15 will keep their current second dose appointment unless they have a reason to reschedule.

  • Individuals who received their first dose vaccine between March 26 and April 16 and were given second dose appointments between July 16 to August 5 are now eligible to change their second dose appointment to an earlier date. People can choose to keep their original appointment if they prefer.

  • Anyone who received their vaccine from April 16 onward are not eligible to change their appointment at this time. Information about the next phase will be communicated once the clinic dates are finalized.

  • Anyone who has received a first dose of AstraZeneca or CoviShield between March 2 and April 16 and would like to receive an mRNA vaccine for their second dose are eligible to book an appointment for a Pfizer or Moderna clinic at one of the Central Health’s clinics.

  • Anyone who has received a first dose of AstraZeneca or CoviShield between March 2 and April 16 and would like to receive a second dose of AstraZeneca or CoviShield, will be provided information once the clinic locations are finalized.

  • Individuals who received their first dose outside the province prior to and including April 16 are now eligible to book their second dose appointment. Individuals immunized after April 16 will be notified when they can book their appointments.

  • Rotational workers who are travelling for work before their scheduled second dose can rebook their second dose appointment. It is recommended they wait 8 weeks between doses if possible. Second dose must be a minimum of 28 days from first dose.

Individuals will need to know what type of vaccine they received for their first dose. It is recommended that you bring your paper record from your first dose with you when presenting at your appointment for second dose. (If you have lost your record, don’t worry, proceed to clinic as scheduled.) For those who are unsure which vaccine they received, please contact your local public health office.

Partnership with regional pharmacies and physician’s offices are ongoing. Additional information on the availability of vaccines from pharmacies and physicians will be communicated in the coming days.

If you are eligible and would like to change your second dose appointment, please follow the process below:

  • click the following link or copy and paste the link into the address bar of an internet browser (Google Chrome is the preferred browser) and complete the eligibility questionnaire and consent

  • select your preferred location and follow directions

  • individuals experiencing difficultly booking their appointment online are advised to contact 1-833-961-3749 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.

In keeping with public health guidance to reduce the number of contacts wherever possible, individuals are asked to carefully consider the necessity of an attendee when visiting these areas.

The public is reminded that they should not schedule an appointment for a vaccine if they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. Instead, complete a COVID-19 Assessment and referral by clicking here.

While waiting for your opportunity for vaccination, and after vaccination, it is important for everyone to continue to follow public health guidance to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your communities including:

  • Wearing a mask in public

  • Washing your hands frequently

  • Respecting public health guidance on gatherings, travel and quarantine

  • Completing the online self-assessment at or calling 811 if you are experiencing one or more symptoms of COVID-19 to arrange testing.

Central Health will continue to communicate as additional vaccine information becomes available and more clinics are set up. For more information on COVID-19 vaccines, please visit Health Canada. For up-to-date information on the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit


Media contact:

Gayle St. Croix

Director, Communications & Government Relations



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