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. All appointments need to be booked in advance.

When you can book your 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 your appointment

You need to book an appointment to get vaccinated. All appointments need to be booked in advance. Don't go to a vaccination clinic unless you have an appointment. If you go to a clinic without an appointment you will not be able to get vaccinated (walk-ins are not accepted).

When you book your appointment (COVID-19 Vaccination Dose 1), you’ll automatically be booked for your second appointment (COVID-19 Vaccination Dose 2) for the same time and location. Your second dose will be 105 days later.

If you provide an email when you book your appointment, you’ll receive a reminder the day before each of your appointments.

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.

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 (45+)

If you’re 45 and older, you can book your appointment for the Pfizer or Moderna 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 don’t have a Nova Scotia Health Card you need to book your appointment by calling the toll-free line.

Book an appointment if you’re 45 and older

Book your appointment

Book your drive-thru appointment

To book your appointment by phone, call toll-free: 1-833-797-7772 (7 am to 10 pm, 7 days a week).

Appointments for AstraZeneca (40 to 64 age group)

If you’re 40 to 64, you can book your appointment for the AstraZeneca vaccine. You can only book your appointment online or by calling the toll-free line. Don’t call the pharmacy or doctor directly. The AstraZeneca vaccine is not available at community clinics.

If you don’t have a Nova Scotia Health Card you need to book your appointment by calling the toll-free line.

If you decide not to get the AstraZeneca vaccine, you can get another brand of vaccine when it’s available at a community clinic for your age group. To help you make an informed decision before getting the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, read the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine update.

Book an appointment if you’re 40 to 64

Book your appointment

To book your appointment by phone, call toll-free: 1-833-797-7772 (7 am to 10 pm, 7 days a week).

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’ll only be able to 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. When you book your appointment, 1st and 2nd dose appointments are booked together.

Right now, if you receive your first dose outside of Nova Scotia, you can’t book a second dose appointment in Nova Scotia. You need to wait until the “second dose only” booking process is available to book your appointment. We will share information on the process when available.

Required documentation

When you arrive at your appointment you need to provide government-issued identification from your home province, territory or country and 1 additional piece of supporting documentation.

Required supporting documentation includes:

  • utility bill that shows the address of where you’re staying in Nova Scotia
  • long stay invoice for your accommodation in Nova Scotia (for example, Airbnb)
  • letter from an occupant of the residence where you’re staying in Nova Scotia confirming your stay
  • proof of work in Nova Scotia (for example, letter from employer or pay stub)
  • work permit (showing location by province or territory and your name and date of birth)
  • student ID card
  • letter showing proof you’re attending a school in Nova Scotia
  • letter of acceptance from a designated learning institution in Nova Scotia
  • port of entry letter of introduction that shows you were approved for a study permit
  • letter from a faith-based institution, healthcare provider or other registered organization or agency confirming that you’re living in Nova Scotia