Government of NL – Public Advisory: Change in Eligibility for COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Doses

Press Release

Starting the week of November 8, 2021, Newfoundland and Labrador will be offering COVID-19 booster doses for certain populations. These changes are based on guidance from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI).

A booster dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine should be offered 6 months after completion of the primary series to:

  • Adults living in long-term care or other congregate settings that provide care for seniors;
  • Adults 70 years of age and older;
  • Individuals who have only received two doses of the AstraZeneca Vaxzevria/COVISHIELD vaccine;
  • Individuals who have only received one dose of the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine;
  • Adults who identify as Indigenous or who live in an Indigenous community; and
  • Adults who are frontline healthcare workers who have direct in-person contact with patients and who were vaccinated with a very short interval (less than 28 days).

Currently, there are no booster dose recommendations for individuals who are unable to receive an mRNA vaccine.

Individuals can book appointments at Get The Shot or by contacting your local Pharmacy, Physician or Nurse Practitioner for availability.

For further information related to COVID-19 in the province, please refer to the Provincial Government COVID-19 website.

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Media contact
Lesley Clarke
Health and Community Services
709-729-6986, 699-2910


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