The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic started in Canada in March 2020, and since then there have been many safety measures put in place to protect people as much as possible. This includes a vaccination program, which is available across Canada.
While The World Health Organization ended the global COVID-19 emergency in spring 2023, COVID-19 is still very much a part of our lives – and it will be for a long time.
Vaccines are one of the best ways to protect yourself and your loved ones from the disease. Vaccines also help services, organizations, and businesses open up to the community, making it possible for you to access the supports you need.
As COVID-19 is still prevalent around the world, the Public Health Agency of Canada is recommending that at this time, people with an increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and adults 65 and older should continue to receive vaccine boosters . Vaccines that are approved for use in Canada go through an intense screening process so that the safest, most effective vaccines are provided to Canadians. These vaccines are free, and available in every province and territory. It is important to talk to your doctor and make the decision regarding vaccines that is best for you.
We have more information on COVID-19 vaccines and safety measures for you listed below:
- Frequently asked questions about COVID-19 vaccines
- How vaccines work
- The consequences of the COVID-19 disease
- How to book a COVID-19 vaccine
- Accessibility and the COVID-19 vaccines
- Update on safety measures
This content is developed in partnership with the Public Health Agency of Canada.
 Public Health Agency of Canada, “Guidance on COVID-19 vaccine booster doses: Initial considerations for 2023“