Frequently asked questions

Useful resources

Where can I find a clinic?

Vaccines411.ca is an online vaccination clinic locator that also includes reliable immunization resources for Canadians to easily find the vaccination resources they need. Find a clinic near you.

Where can I find more information?

You can discuss with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist, and you can also consult the Prevnar 20 consumer information brochure. 

Immunization
and coverage

Will Prevnar 20 help protect me against COVID-19?

No. Prevnar 20 is not indicated to help protect against viruses, including COVID-19. Prevnar 20 is only indicated to help protect against 20 types of the bacteria Streptococcus pneumoniae

Can  I be vaccinated with Prevnar 20 even if I’ve previously received the PNEU-P-23 vaccine?

Individuals at higher risk of pneumococcal infection, including patients with sickle cell disease or human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, and those previously vaccinated with one or more doses of the 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23), are recommended to receive at least one dose of Prevnar 20.  

If the sequential use of PPSV23 is considered appropriate, Prevnar 20 should be given first.

PNEU-P-23 = Pneumovax 23

Is Prevnar 20 covered by private coverage plans?

Prevnar 20 may be covered by your private insurance plan. To find out, contact your insurer and provide the DIN 02527049. As an important note, you may need a prescription from your doctor or pharmacist to apply for coverage. 

About Prevnar 20

How does Prevnar 20 work? 

Prevnar 20 helps your body make its own antibodies to help fight and protect you against 20 types of the bacteria Streptococcus pneumoniae.

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What does Prevnar 20 cover?

Prevnar 20 can help protect you against 20 types of the bacteria Streptococcus pneumoniae.

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How many doses of Prevnar 20 are administered?

Prevnar 20 is to be administered as one dose to adults 18 years and older. If the combination of Prevnar 20 and PNEU-P-23 vaccine is appropriate, Prevnar 20 should be given first. 

Does Prevnar 20 cause any side effects?

Yes. Side effects include headache, joint/muscle pain, pain/tenderness at the injection site, fatigue, swelling/redness at the injection site, fever, allergic reactions (including swelling, shortness of breath, wheezing), diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, rash and swelling of the face/lips/mouth/tongue/throat which may cause difficulty in swallowing or breathing, itching/hives at the injection site, swollen glands in the neck/armpit/groin, and chills. Severe allergic reaction, shock or cardiovascular collapse were seen with Prevnar 13 and may also be seen with Prevnar 20. These are not all the possible side effects you may have when receiving Prevnar 20. If you experience any side effects not listed here, tell your healthcare professional. 

About 
pneumococcal 
disease
Are you at increased risk of pneumococcal disease?

Studies have observed that you may be at increased risk of pneumococcal disease if you are aged 50+, or 18+ living with immunocompromised conditions or taking medications that suppress your immune system, or have one of the following risk factors: diabetes, chronic heart disease, smoking, cancer, chronic liver disease, alcoholism, certain neurological conditions and/or living in long-term care facilities. Take the Risk Factor Quiz  

What is pneumococcal disease?

Pneumococcal disease is any infection caused by the bacteria Streptococcus pneumoniae, including pneumonia (lung infection), bacteraemic pneumonia (lung infection with bacteria in the bloodstream), sepsis (bacteria in bloodstream), and meningitis (inflammation around the brain).

How is it transmitted?

Like the flu, the bacteria causing pneumococcal disease (Streptococcus pneumoniae) can be passed on from person to person through 
talking, coughing, and sneezing. 

Where can I find Prevnar 20?

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The list of clinics you are being directed to offer vaccinations for all adults.

To receive Prevnar 20, you may need to present a prescription to the vaccination clinic. 
Ask for a prescription during your next appointment with your healthcare professional.

Be sure to contact the clinic in advance to confirm vaccine availability.

Please note that other locations may also be offering this vaccine. Ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist for more information.

You are leaving a Pfizer website

You are leaving prevnar.ca, a website of Pfizer. Links to all outside websites are provided as a resource to our visitors. Pfizer accepts no responsibility for the content of other websites.

The list of clinics you are being directed to offer vaccinations for all adults.

Be sure to contact the clinic in advance to confirm vaccine availability.

Please note that other locations may also be offering this vaccine. Ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist for more information.