The following Q&A will be updated as more information becomes available.
What vaccines have been approved for COVID-19?
Two COVID-19 vaccines have been approved for distribution in Canada; Pfizer-BioNtech and Moderna.
There are several other formulations of the COVID-19 vaccine in various stages of development and/or approval. You can learn more here.
Should adults with CF be prioritized for COVID-19 vaccines?
Given the already heavy health burden on Canadians with cystic fibrosis, we believe it necessary to shelter Canadians with cystic fibrosis from any additional risks that could be caused by SaRS-CoV2 infection, and that Canadians with cystic fibrosis should be prioritized for vaccination.
We have been in contact with provincial Health Ministers across the country to share these concerns.
Has my province prioritized Canadians with cystic fibrosis for vaccination?
Cystic Fibrosis Canada has sought and received confirmation from the Ontario Government that Ontarians living with cystic fibrosis will be prioritized for Phase Two roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine, starting in March 2021.
Cystic Fibrosis Canada has also received confirmation that British Columbians living with cystic fibrosis are considered part of the clinically extremely vulnerable population list and will be prioritized for Phase Three roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine, starting in April 2021.
CF Canada is urging other provinces to follow suit and are reaching out to provincial governments again to stress that people living with cystic fibrosis deserve early protection. We will continue to work with cystic fibrosis clinicians to identify the best course forward.
If you have specific health questions regarding the vaccine, please consult your clinician.
When can I get the vaccine if my province has not prioritized CF?
The provinces have developed vaccination rollout plans for their residents. You can view specific criteria and monitor any updates or changes using this online tool.
As always, we encourage Canadians living with cystic fibrosis to contact their CF clinic team regarding questions specific to their health. Cystic Fibrosis Canada will also be hosting another Ask the Experts webinar on Tuesday, February 2nd at 12pm ET to help answer some of your questions about COVID-19 and CF. You can send your questions in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org. Our experts will also take questions live. More information is available here.
Where can I learn more about the COVID-19 vaccines prioritization and distribution plans in my province?
Prioritization and distribution plans may differ per province. Cystic Fibrosis Canada is reaching out to provinces again with the example of Ontario’s prioritization, urging them to follow suit.
Learn more about the latest updates specific to your province regarding the COVID-19 vaccines at the following webpages:
As always, if you have specific health questions regarding the vaccine please consult your clinician.
The Government of Ontario said that phase two of the vaccine rollout will include people living with serious chronic illness and their caregivers. Will this include cystic fibrosis patients and their immediate families (i.e. parents or spouses) that are living in the same household?
The Ontario vaccine roll-out plan for phase two includes individuals with high-risk chronic conditions and their caregivers. We received confirmation that this will include the parents of children with cystic fibrosis, and spouses of Canadians with CF. We will share more information as it becomes available.
How will people with cystic fibrosis be identified as part of those prioritized in Ontario and British Columbia?
Some provinces are implementing a registration process. We encourage Ontario and BC residents to check their provincial COVID-19 vaccine(s) roll-out plans periodically as details continue to emerge. Residents may also wish to contact their clinicians for further guidance.
British Columbia: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support/vaccines#register
Are children with cystic fibrosis eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine?
To our knowledge, the vaccines currently approved for use in Canada are not approved for children under the age of 16 (for the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine) and under the age of 18 (for the Moderna vaccine).
Will transplant patients, including cystic fibrosis patients who are post-transplant, be vaccinated?
Currently, the specifics on the efficacy and safety of the vaccines in transplant recipients are still emerging. The Canadian Society of Transplantation published a National Transplant Consensus Guidance on COVID-19 Vaccine Q&A, which highlights what is known to date.
We are currently working to learn more about this from Provincial Governments across Canada, and will share more information as soon as it becomes available.
As with all vaccines, everyone needs to consider benefits and risks. If you have specific health questions regarding the vaccine, consult your CF and transplant care teams.