COVID-19 Vaccination Available for First Responders and Frontline Essential Workers

May 5, 2021

Western Health is advising that COVID-19 vaccination is now open to:

·         Frontline essential workers, specifically those who have direct contact with the public and who cannot work from home in Alert level Five.  Only those who are 16 and older by December 31, 2021 can be vaccinated at this time. Frontline service workers include, among others, retail/grocery store employees, teachers, school bus drivers.

·         First responders include career and volunteer firefighters, police officers, border services and search and rescue crew. 

First responders and frontline essential workers are invited to book an appointment for their first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine by following these steps:

  • Please click the following link or copy and paste the link into the address bar of an internet browser (Google Chrome is the preferred browser).  
  • Complete the eligibility questionnaire and consent.
  • Select and book a vaccine appointment at their preferred clinic location.

Vaccination is also available for the following groups (read more here):

  • Individuals aged 60 and older
  • Adults who identify as Indigenous
  • Individuals who are clinically extremely vulnerable
  • Rotational workers, truck drivers, flight crew, and Marine Atlantic crew
  • Health care workers who may come into direct contact with patients
  • Pregnant women

Residents are reminded that they should not book an appointment if they do not meet criteria for one of these groups.

If anyone is experiencing difficultly booking their appointment, please click here for the how-to video, or contact 1-833-703-5470 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Individuals will know when the clinics are full when there are no longer any available appointment slots available in the online system. If an appointment is no longer available in the community/clinic of choice, more clinics will be available in the future. However, people should continue to check Western Health’s website as we are continuing to add clinics weekly.

If you are not able to leave your home to access a clinic, please call 1-833-703-5470 and indicated that you require a home visit.

You should not schedule an appointment for a vaccine if you 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 here or calling 811 if you are experiencing one or more symptoms of COVID-19 to arrange testing.

Western 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