Vaccine Timing and Status for Retail Employees

RCC is continuing to advocate to governments in each region to ensure essential retail workers across the country are able to get their vaccination as quickly as possible. See below for current information available on vaccinations applicable for retail employees.

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British Columbia

Timing and Status for Retail Employees

All adult (18+) British Columbians should already be registered for the province’s vaccination program which will ensure that you are contacted by email or text when it is your turn to book.  People born in 1991 or earlier (indigenous people born in 2003 and earlier) are already able to book vaccination appointments. People born in 1996 or earlier are able to book as of May 14, those born in 2001 or earlier can book on on May 15, and those born in 2003 or earlier on May 16.  ‘Clinically extremely vulnerable’ people and pregnant people aged 16 and older are also eligible to make vaccination appointments or have been vaccinated. ‘Clinically extremely vulnerable’ people and pregnant people aged 16 and older are also eligible to make vaccination appointments or have been vaccinated. 

People aged 18+ who live in identified neighborhoods are now eligible for vaccination and should register here.

People aged 30 to 65 are able to receive the Astra Zeneca/Serum Institute of India vaccine through participating community pharmacies, though supply is very limited.

‘Front-line worker’ vaccination is also occurring.  Employers are contacted directly by regional health authorities when their turn arises.  Employees should speak with their human resources department.

Alberta

Timing and Status for Retail Employees

Alberta has not currently made retail workers a priority in its vaccine rollout schedule, which is largely age based. Alberta is currently in Phase 2 of its broader vaccination program.

See provincial vaccine rollout plan.

On-site Vaccine Opportunities/ Pharmacies

Starting March 15, 2021, pharmacies across the province began providing COVID-19 immunizations. Pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy assistants were all eligible as part of this expanded service.

Saskatchewan

Timing and Status for Retail Employees

Saskatchewan has generally not given priority to retail workers in its vaccine rollout schedule, which is largely age and location based (with priority to remote and Northern communities). Phase 2 began March 18, 2021 with ages 60-69 and will move in 10 year age groups through June 2021. For vaccination sites within a grocery or pharmacy, all workers in that facility are now eligible to receive their vaccine.

See provincial vaccine rollout plan.

On-site Vaccine Opportunities/ Pharmacies

Saskatchewan pharmacies are now being utilized in the vaccine rollout.  

Manitoba

Timing and Status for Retail Employees

The province of Manitoba has expanded the list of priority workers and geographical areas who are now eligible to book a COVID19 Vaccination.  Currently the list includes Manitobans employees who aged 18+ who works in a grocery or convenience store, at a gas station or anywhere that serves food (e.g. restaurants) in Northern Manitoba and four Manitoba regions. However generally, they will continue to utilize an age based rollout strategy and are currently vaccinating those aged 50 and over (First Nations people aged 30+).

See provincial vaccine rollout plan.

On-site Vaccine Opportunities/ Pharmacies

The AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccine doses are primarily being used to provide COVID-19 vaccines in pharmacies. They are available for those 40 and over.

Ontario

Timing and Status for Retail Employees

Ontario is currently completing Phase 1 of its rollout plan.  The province has indicated that Phase 2, Group 2, which includes grocery store and other retail employees that can’t work from home, will begin the week of May 10, 2021.

See provincial vaccine rollout plan.

On-site Vaccine Opportunities/ Pharmacies

325 pharmacies in the pilot health unit regions of Toronto, Kingston and Windsor will be offering the AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccine to eligible Ontarians aged 60-64, by appointment only.

Quebec

Timing and Status for Retail Employees

At this time, retail employees are included in phase 10 for vaccinations, which is expected to take place during the months of May/June 2021.

Information on how the eligible population can obtain an immunization appointment is on the on the Clic santé platform.

See provincial vaccine rollout plan.

On-site Vaccine Opportunities/ Pharmacies

The government is calling on companies to help the immunization campaign by immunizing their employees, their families and members of their community. Full details of this initiative can be found online (in French).

Pharmacies have been taking part in the vaccination deployment plan since March 15, 2021 in Montreal. Those located outside the metropolis will be participating in the campaign over the coming weeks.

New Brunswick

Timing and Status for Retail Employees

Pharmacists, commercial truckers, rotational workers, and regular cross-border work commuters are included in Stage 1 of New Brunswick’s vaccination schedule, taking place in March 2021. Despite RCC’s push for essential retail to be given priority, the government primarily developed its phased approach based on age, health and cultural criteria. RCC was successful in ensuring that pharmacists were included in Stage 1, and other retail workers will be vaccinated in Stage 3 in July 2021. RCC will continue to push for retail workers who deal with the public to receive priority in the government’s vaccination plan. See press release here and information on booking appointments.

See provincial vaccine rollout plan.

Newfoundland and Labrador

Timing and Status for Retail Employees

RCC was successful in ensuring that retail was specifically mentioned among ‘essential workers’ who will be able to receive the vaccine in Phase 2.  Retailers deemed ‘essential’ (allowed to welcome in-store customers) during an Alert Level 5 and frontline workers who had direct contact with the public and could not work from home during an Alert Level 5 are eligible in Phase 2 of the vaccination schedule and will be able to pre-register in late April 2021. Once a person is pre-registered, they will be contacted to book a vaccine appointment from May to June 2021.

Phase 3 will take place between July and September 2021 and will include all remaining groups to be vaccinated.

On-site Vaccine Opportunities/ Pharmacies

There may be opportunities for vaccine clinics to be held in partnership with large businesses. Details to be confirmed. Background note can be found here.

See provincial vaccine rollout plan. Please note that there have been some delays in the rollout plan, which has resulted in minor discrepancies in the listed timeframes.

Nova Scotia

Timing and Status for Retail Employees

Commercial truck drivers are included in Phase 2 of Nova Scotia’s vaccination schedule, taking place in Spring 2021. Pharmacists working in hospitals and workers in large food processing plants responsible for food security are also included in Phase 2. Despite RCC’s push for essential retail to be given priority, the government developed its phased approach solely based on age, health and cultural criteria.  Retail in Nova Scotia was never shut down during any part of the pandemic and thus, it was difficult to argue that some retail is ‘essential’ and therefore needs vaccine priority. Essential retail (pharmacy and grocery, grocery DCs) may receive priority within Phase 3 but this has not yet been determined. See background information  and information on booking appointments.

See provincial vaccine rollout plan.

Prince Edward Island

Timing and Status for Retail Employees

Commercial Truck Drivers are included in Phase 1 of PEI’s vaccination program, from December 2020 to March 2021.

RCC was successful in ensuring that retail was specifically mentioned among ‘essential workers’ who will be able to receive the vaccine in Phase 2. Phase 2 runs from April to June 2021.  As of April 15, 2021, frontline essential workers age 18-59 who cannot work virtually (e.g. grocery and retail clerks, restaurant servers, gas station attendants and clerks, seafood and meat plant employees) are eligible to receive the vaccine. 

Information on booking appointments including at the partner pharmacies can be found here. Please note that the information on this site – which, refers to people who work in the food service industry – only covers people who work in restaurants and bars.

See provincial vaccine rollout plan.

Yukon

Timing and Status for Retail Employees

Appointments across the Yukon are now open for all Yukoners over 18 years of age, including retail employees, to receive their first dose of the Moderna vaccine. More information on booking appointments here. Yukon will have vaccinated 75% or more of their adult population by the end of March. This allocation recognizes the territories’ remote communities, significant Indigenous populations, and limited healthcare system capacities. More vaccine will be made available to the territories in Q2 if more is required.

Northwest Territories

Timing and Status for Retail Employees

Essential frontline workers in Yellowknife, including those who work in grocery stores, drugstores, liquor stores and gas stations and convenience stores are identified as a priority population and can book their vaccine appointments here. Appointments for anyone 18+ in communities other than Yellowknife, Hay River and Inuvik are available here.  Northwest Territories is on track to have vaccinated 75% or more of their adult population by the end of March. This allocation recognizes the territories’ remote communities, significant Indigenous populations, and limited healthcare system capacities. More vaccine will be made available to the territories in Q2 if more is required.

Nunavut

Timing and Status for Retail Employees

All Nunavummiut 18 years and older are currently eligible to receive the vaccine. Information on community vaccine clinics and booking appointments is available here. Nunavut is on track to have vaccinated 75% or more of their adult population by the end of March. This allocation recognizes the territories’ remote communities, significant Indigenous populations, and limited healthcare system capacities. More vaccine will be made available to the territories in Q2 if more is required.

See also: Free COVID-19 rapid test kits for retailers

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