Coronavirus (COVID-19): book your vaccination appointment
Most Nova Scotians will receive their vaccine by age group. When you’re eligible, you can book your appointment. Most appointments need to be booked in advance.
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When you can book an appointment
When you can book an appointment is based on your age. You can book an appointment for yourself or your spouse. You can also have a family member or friend book an appointment for you.
Booking an appointment
You need to book an appointment to get vaccinated. Most appointments need to be booked in advance. You may also be able to go to a community drop-in clinic, outreach clinic or pharmacy drop-in clinic.
If you provide an email when you book an appointment, you will receive a digital copy of your COVID-19 vaccine receipt. By providing an email you also receive appointment confirmations, reminders and your second dose booking email.
Anyone who received their first dose can schedule their second dose appointment for 28 days after the first dose.
Nova Scotia Health Card
You need to have a Nova Scotia Health Card to book your appointment online. If your card is expired, you can still book an appointment. If you need to renew your Health Card, use the Health Card Renewal Form (PDF).
If you don't have a Nova Scotia Health Card you need to book your appointment by calling the toll-free line.
If you need service in a language other than English, you can ask for an interpreter when you book your appointment by phone (over 125 different languages are available). If your appointment is at a community vaccination clinic or pharmacy vaccination clinic, you have immediate access at the clinic to a phone-based interpreter in more than 240 languages.
People who are not able to leave their homes to get the vaccine can request an in-home appointment by calling 211.
When you book your appointment online, you may be placed in a queue based on the volume of traffic to the booking website. When it’s your turn, you’ll automatically see the vaccination clinic locations to book your appointment (you don’t need to refresh the page). If you don’t see any available appointments, you should not call to book an appointment. The same appointments are available online and by phone (so, no appointments available online means that there are also no appointments available by phone).
Once you go to the booking website, you’ll be able to find vaccination clinics close to you and see if you’re eligible to book an appointment.
Booking by phone
When you book your appointment by phone, you may be placed on hold based on the volume of calls. When it’s your turn, an operator will book your appointment for you (you don’t need to call back). If all phone lines are busy, you will need to call again.
If you need service in a language other than English, you can ask for an interpreter when you book your appointment by phone. Service is available in over 125 different languages including Arabic, Cantonese, Chinese, Farsi, French, Somali and Spanish.
Before your appointment
Make sure you cancel your vaccination appointment if:
- you have tested positive for COVID-19
- you have COVID-19 symptoms (even mild symptoms)
- Public Health has told you to self-isolate or you’re required to self-isolate
Appointments for eligible age groups (12+)
If you’re 12 and older, you can book your appointment for the for a COVID-19 vaccine. You can only book your appointment online or by calling the toll-free line. Don’t call the community clinic, pharmacy or doctor directly.
If you have questions about people 12 to 18 accessing the vaccine without parental or guardian consent, the Mature Minor Consent for COVID-19 Immunization Factsheet (PDF) provides more information about how consent for healthcare decisions for minors works.
Book an appointment if you’re 12 and older
To book your appointment by phone, call 1-833-797-7772 (7am to 7pm, 7 days a week). You need to call from a Canadian phone number and be in Canada when you call.
Transportation for vaccination clinics
The Government of Nova Scotia has partnered with the Rural Transportation Association to provide low-cost transportation for people who are not able to get to their appointment. If you need help with transportation, visit Rural Rides to find a local provider and book a ride for your vaccination appointment (rides are $5 for a round trip).
If you don’t have a Nova Scotia Health Card
If you don’t have a Nova Scotia Health Card you can still receive the vaccine, even if you're not a permanent resident of Nova Scotia.
You can book an appointment when your age group becomes eligible based on Nova Scotia's COVID-19 immunization plan. You can only book an appointment by phone.
Getting an additional (third) dose
Starting 19 October 2021, you can book an appointment to get 1 additional dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine if you’re moderately or severely immunocompromised or required to travel for work. Learn more: who can get an additional (third) dose and required documentation.
After your appointment
After your appointment, you need to continue to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Even when you're vaccinated, you need to follow public health measures, including social distancing guidelines and wearing a mask.