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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 COVID-19 related infections, and that Canadians with cystic fibrosis should be prioritized for vaccination.

Cystic Fibrosis Canada hosted an  Ask the Experts webinar to help answer questions from the community about COVID-19 and CF. You can watch the webinar recording here

The government of Canada has emphasized that vaccination is one of the most effective ways to protect our families, communities and ourselves against COVID-19. Evidence indicates that vaccines are very effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19, including against Alpha and Delta variants of concern.

Having as many people vaccinated as possible may also reduce the risk of ongoing circulation of the virus and the appearance of future variants. Current evidence suggest that COVID-19 vaccines in Canada are effective at providing protection against the current known variants  in Canada. However, there is a small percentage of the population who are vaccinated that may become infected, with or without symptoms, if they are exposed to the virus. The effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines on new variants of concern such as Omicron is being assessed by health authorities in Canada.

It is recommended that everyone become fully vaccinated for the best protection against infection. We strongly encourage people living with cystic fibrosis (CF), their families, and others in the CF community to follow the government’s recommendation and become fully vaccinated for the health and safety of everyone. It is also important for you to maintain your usual infection prevention precautions and to get booster shots if they become available to you.

Learn more at: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/vaccines/effectiveness-benefits-vaccination.html#a1

In general, you are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 once you’ve received the complete number of doses in the series of the vaccination you have:

  • For Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty or Moderna Spikevax vaccines - 2 weeks after your second dose in a 2-dose series 
  • For Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine - 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine

If you have received 1 dose of a 2-dose series, you are considered partially vaccinated and are encouraged to schedule an appointment as soon as possible to receive your second dose. The effectiveness of a 2-dose vaccine series increases after the second dose.

The Government of Canada has announced that current evidence shows it takes 2 weeks or more after the first dose to provide good protection and up to 2 weeks after the second dose to provide even higher protection. It is extremely important to return for your second dose at the time advised by your local health authority for longer-lasting protection against COVID-19.

Becoming fully vaccinated helps reduce your risk of serious illness; reduce the risk of other people catching the virus from you; and increase your likelihood of protection against infection.

Most provinces and territories are also providing a third vaccine shot or booster shot for additional protection against COVID-19. It is recommended that individuals moderately or severely immunocompromised due to disease or treatment get an additional vaccine dose or booster shot as they become available. Consult your local health authority as booster shot eligibility may differ by region. Find out more about booster shots online.

Learn more at: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/vaccines/life-after-vaccination.html#a3

Most provinces and territories issue and use the Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination, which can be used to access services and facilitate travel within and outside of Canada.

Your vaccination status changes your risk of catching COVID-19 and becoming ill, but it does not change your risk of exposure to the virus out in the community. It is important to maintain your infection prevention precautions as restrictions are eased.

You can learn more and follow the steps to get your proof of vaccination from your specific province or territory at: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/vaccines/life-after-vaccination/vaccine-proof.html

The Government of Canada has developed resources to help everyone make safe choices.

There is a COVID-19 visit risk calculator designed to help inform your decision about visiting or gathering with others during the COVID-19 pandemic. The assessment takes approximately 3 minutes to complete.

There is also a COVID-19 visit risk decision aid that is similarly designed to help inform your decision about visiting or gathering with others during the COVID-19 pandemic. This assessment is a little more comprehensive and takes approximately 10 minutes to complete.

Every visit, gathering and meeting is different, so you are encouraged to re-assess your risk level and your comfort level with risk as your situation changes.

You can also view some examples of activities that have been deemed safest, less safe and least safe at: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/vaccines/life-after-vaccination.html#a5

As certain vaccination targets are met, public health authorities are gradually easing restrictive community focused public health measures. You can learn about any COVID-19 related measures in place in your province or territory and follow updates from your respective health authority at: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/symptoms/provincial-territorial-resources-covid-19.html

Health Canada is closely monitoring genetic variants of the virus that causes COVID-19, including the newest variant of concern called Omicron, as well as any potential future variants.

The federal government is working with manufactures and international regulators to assess the impact of the emerging variants on the effectiveness of approved vaccines and treatments. Canadians will be informed if a risk is identified.

Yes, you are encouraged to become fully vaccinated. The risk of re-infection with a variant is not clear at this time. Vaccination remains one of the most effective ways to prevent severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19.

Learn more at: https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/video/ask-experts-covid-19-vaccines/benefits-effectiveness.html#a18

It has been determined by the federal government that, with the return of measures such as in-person school and activities, COVID-19 is having a greater impact on children and youth than earlier in the pandemic.

While children and youth are generally less likely to get sick from COVID-19, they can still be infected and not have symptoms, spread COVID-19 to others, experience longer-term effects if they do get infected and develop a rare but serious complication called multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children. Children and youth with certain underlying medical conditions may have a higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

Like adults, it is recommended that children and youth become fully vaccinated for the health and safety of everyone. If you have concerns about vaccinating your child/youth with CF, contact your CF clinic team or a COVID-19 testing center clinician to further inquire.

Several provincial public health authorities and school boards have developed resources on the importance of COVID-19 vaccines for children.In addition to the resources listed below, contact your relevant school board.

  • COVID-19: Children & Vaccines: Information about the risks of COVID-19 in children, vaccine safety, benefits of the COVID-19 vaccine and more. 

There are also child-friendly resources to help cope before and after vaccination:

On April 23, 2021, CF Canada sent a letter to Premiers and Provincial Ministers of Health across the country asking them to ensure the people in their province diagnosed with cystic fibrosis and their caregivers are vaccinated now. Please see here for a copy of that letter.

On April 19, 2021, Cystic Fibrosis Canada co-authored a letter to the editor in the Journal of Cystic Fibrosis, along with the The Global Registry Harmonization Group explaining why people with cystic fibrosis should be prioritized for the vaccine. Cystic Fibrosis Canada has shared this letter with Health Ministers with a call to ensure those with CF and caregivers can get the vaccine now.

In January 2021, Cystic Fibrosis Canada joined forces with The Canadian Thoracic Society and other members of its COVID-19 Respiratory Roundtable, which represents and works closely with Canadians living with lung disease to issue a joint statement. The statement asks federal, provincial, and territorial governments to prioritize people living with lung disease who are at higher risk for more serious COVID-19 complications in the vaccination rollout.

In December of 2020, Dr. John Wallenburg, Chief Scientific Officer at Cystic Fibrosis Canada sent a letter to provincial Health Ministers urging provinces to prioritize Canadians living with cystic fibrosis and their caregivers, as they determine priority groups for the COVID-19 vaccination. Dr. Wallenburg stressed that given the already heavy health burden on Canadians living with CF, it is necessary to shelter them from any additional risks that could be caused by SaRS-CoV2 infection. Cystic Fibrosis Canada followed up on this letter to urge provinces who have not committed to prioritizing Canadians with CF to do so.

The specifics on the efficacy and safety of the vaccines in transplant recipients continue to emerge. The Canadian Society of Transplantation published a National Transplant Consensus Guidance on COVID-19 Vaccine Q&A, and has compiled resources for people post-transplant that you can view here.

Most provincesare prioritizing organ transplant recipients for the COVID-19 vaccine. You can learn more about eligibility in your province by checking your provincial and local health websites.

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.

Vaccine Information by Region 

For updates on eligibility for a COVID-19 vaccine or booster in your jurisdiction, please find your region below. 

People living in Alberta aged 5+ are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine and can book an appointment by contacting a pharmacy, finding a physician clinic or online through  Alberta Health Services.

Booster doses/and or third doses are available for those who meet eligibility requirements. For information on eligibility or to book a booster dose, please visit Alberta Health Services.

People living in B.C. aged 5+ can register and book an appointment for COVID-19 vaccination online using the province’s Get Vaccinated system. Appointments can also be made by phone or at a Service BC office. Learn more here.

Booster doses/and or third doses are available for those who meet eligibility requirements. For information on eligibility or how to book a booster dose, please see here.

People living in Manitoba aged 5+ are eligible for COVID-19 vaccines and can book an appointment using the provincial Vaccine Shot Finder tool.

Booster doses/and or third doses are available for those who meet eligibility requirements. For information on eligibility or to book a booster dose, learn more here.

People living in N.B. aged 5+ are eligible for COVID-19 vaccines. People can register and book an appointment online or by finding a pharmacy. Learn more here.

Booster doses/and or third doses are available for those who meet eligibility requirements. For information on eligibility or to book a booster dose, learn more here.

People living in N.L. aged 5+ are eligible for COVID-19 vaccines and can book an appointment online. Learn more here.

Booster doses/and or third doses are available for those who meet eligibility requirements. For information on eligibility or to book a booster dose, learn more here.

People living in N.S. aged 5+ are eligible for COVID-19 vaccines and can book an appointment online or by phone. Learn more here.

Booster doses/and or third doses are available for those who meet eligibility requirements. For information on eligibility or to book a booster dose, learn more here.

People living in Ontario aged 5+ are eligible for COVID-19 vaccines and can book an appointment using the province’s online tool.

Booster doses/and or third doses are available for those who meet eligibility requirements. For information on eligibility or to book a booster dose, learn more here.

People living in P.E.I aged 5+ are eligible for COVID-19 vaccines and can book an appointment online, by phone or at a local pharmacy. More information is available here.

Booster doses/and or third doses are available for those who meet eligibility requirements. For information on eligibility or to book a booster dose, learn more here.

People living in Quebec aged 5+ are eligible for COVID-19 vaccines and can book an appointment using the provincial online tool. If you experience issues booking an appointment, consult the How to book an appointment to get vaccinated against COVID-19 webpage.

The eligibility criteria for third doses and booster doses is updated frequently and made available online at here.

People living in Saskatchewan aged 5+ are eligible for COVID-19 vaccines and can book an appointment using the provincial online tool. Saskatchewan is providing COVID-19 booster doses and/or third doses in a phased approach. You can view the updated eligibility criteria online here.

People living in NWT aged 5+ are eligible for COVID-19 vaccines and can book an appointment using the provincial Health and Social Services website.

People who are immunocompromised are eligible for a third dose and people aged 18+ are eligible for a booster dose. You can view updated eligibility criteria online here.

People living in Nunavut aged 5+ are eligible for COVID-19 vaccines. Call 975-4810 to book an appointment. People who are immunocompromised are eligible for a third dose and people aged 18+ are eligible for a booster dose.

Learn more here.

People living in Yukon aged 5+ are eligible for COVID-19 vaccines and can book an appointment online. People who are immunocompromised are eligible for a third dose and people aged 18+ are eligible for a booster dose. Learn more here.