1. Coronavirus (COVID-19)
  2. Vaccine
  3. Book your vaccination appointment

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.

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 and reminders.

Anyone who received their first dose can schedule their second dose appointment for 56 days after the first dose. Anyone who is eligible for a booster dose can schedule an appointment for 168 days after the second 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: 1-833-797-7772.

Interpretation services

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 pharmacy vaccination clinic, you have immediate access at the clinic to a phone-based interpreter in more than 240 languages.

In-home vaccination

People with significant health-related challenges who are not able to leave their homes to get the COVID-19 vaccine may be eligible to receive the vaccine at home.

Booking online

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:

Appointments for eligible age groups (Pfizer and Moderna)

You can get an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) if you're 5 or older. You can book an appointment for yourself or someone else (like a parent, grandparent or child). You can only book your appointment online or by calling the toll-free line. Don't call the vaccination clinic directly.

You may also be able to book an appointment to receive 1 additional dose or booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

If you have questions about people under 18 getting 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 (Pfizer or Moderna)

Book your appointment

To book your appointment by phone, call 1-833-797-7772 (6am to 10pm, 7 days a week). You need to call from a Canadian phone number and be in Canada when you call.

Appointments for a viral vector vaccine (Janssen)

You can get a viral vector COVID-19 vaccine (Janssen) if you are 18 or older. You can only book your appointment online or by calling the toll-free line. Don't call the vaccination clinic directly.

To help you make an informed decision before getting the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine, learn about the effectiveness, when you can’t get a viral vector vaccine and the risk.

Book an appointment (Janssen)

Book your appointment

To book your appointment by phone, call 1-833-797-7772 (6am to 10pm, 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.

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.