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Last updated: August 4, 2022

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The Ask a Librarian team is committed to curating free evidence-based resources related to the current COVID-19 pandemic. We continue to update the Ask a Librarian: COVID-19 post and Ask a Librarian: Post-COVID-19 condition (long COVID) post with current clinical summaries, article collections, guidance and more. 

Here we focus on information sources specific to COVID-19 vaccines and the immunization roll-out.

Clinical summaries


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COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) - see Immunization section.

Related Topics


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– Search “COVID-19” to access drug monographs and patient drug information for AstraZeneca, Janssen, Moderna, and Pfizer-BioNTech. 

BMJ Best Practice

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). See “Vaccines”. 


Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19): Vaccines to prevent SARS-CoV-2 infection

Clinical information hubs and toolkits

Canadian Vaccination Evidence Resource and Exchange Centre (CANVax) - curated resources to support immunization program planning and improve vaccine acceptance and uptake in Canada.

Center for Effective Practice - CEP Providers | COVID-19 Vaccines

Elsevier - COVID-19 Healthcare Hub: Vaccines Toolkit

Immunize Canada - CARD™ - (C - Comfort, A - Ask, R - Relax, D - Distract)

Public Health Agency of Canada - Tool Kit for Health Care Providers 

University of British Columbia - COVID-19 Immunization Toolkit for Primary Care Offices in Canada

Evidence reviews

American Family Physician

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Daily Research Briefs

McMaster University

COVID-19 Evidence Alerts – weekly update of high-quality clinical studies with free email notifications

Primer AI - COVID-19 primer

Vaccine & Therapeutics  – dashboard for latest research and trending news and articles on vaccines

Veterans Affairs (VA) Evidence Synthesis Program

COVID-19 Evidence Reviews

Articles and article collections

CMAJ's COVID-19 articles

See links to additional articles and article collections in our COVID-19 post

Vaccine trials, monographs and tracking

Epocrates COVID-19 Drug Therapy Trial Updates – links to trials and resources focused on therapeutics.

Government of Canada –  COVID-19 Vaccination Tracker – Real-time reporting of doses administration across Canada. Updated January 28, 2022.

Government of Canada –  COVID-19 vaccines and treatments portal – Information on vaccines and treatments authorized for COVID-19, as well as those currently under review. Updated January 27, 2022.

Government of Canada –  Vaccines and treatments for COVID-19 – progress, clinical trials, rollout and safety. Updated December 3, 2021.

Health Canada –  Approved COVID-19 Vaccines - Information on COVID-19 vaccines including authorized vaccines, types of vaccines and on-going safety monitoring. Updated January 7, 2022.

Lexicomp –  COVID-19 mRNA vaccines: Drug information.

Lexicomp – Lexi-Drugs Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccine Tracker (includes links to trials).

Milken Institute – COVID-19 Treatment and Vaccine Tracker – Updated January 27, 2022.

National Library of Medicine – – COVID-19 vaccine trials

Regulatory Affairs Professional Society (US) - COVID-19 vaccine tracker

World Health Organization - COVID-19 vaccine tracker and landscape

Guidelines and other information


Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health - COVID-19 Vaccine Grey Literature Resources - A Curated List of Evidence-Based Sources for Health Professionals, Librarians, and Researchers.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – COVID-19 Vaccination Clinical & Professional Resources. 

International Coalition of Medicines Regulatory Authorities (ICMRA) - “expedite and streamline the development, authorization and availability of COVID-19 treatments and vaccines worldwide.”

World Health Organization – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Vaccines Q&A 

World Health Organization - COVID-19 vaccines



CMA Joule - CPG Infobase: Clinical Practice Guidelines on COVID-19 Vaccines

Immunize Canada - COVID-19 Information for Health Care Providers

Indigenous Services Canada – COVID-19 vaccines and Indigenous peoples

National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI): Statements and publications – COVID-19. 

Public Health Agency of Canada - COVID-19 vaccine: Canadian Immunization Guide – Updated 

Public Health Agency of Canada – Vaccines and treatments for COVID-19: Canada’s Vaccine supply



British Columbia

BC Centre for Disease Control – COVID-19 vaccination at a glance. No date.

Doctors of BC –-COVID-19 Vaccine Office Toolkit No date.

Government of British Columbia - COVID-19 Immunization Plan. Updated January 28, 2022.

Immunize BC - COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions. Updated January 24, 2022.


Government of Yukon – COVID-19 Vaccine – vaccine schedule and appointment booking, vaccine strategy and rollout schedule. 

Northwest Territories

Government of the Northwest Territories - COVID-19 Vaccine – includes vaccine information in multiple languages. 


Government of Alberta - COVID-19 vaccines and records

Alberta Health Services – COVID-19 & Influenza Immunization Booking


Government of Saskatchewan - COVID-19 Vaccine - delivery strategy, vaccine information, and information for health care workers. 


Province of Manitoba – COVID-19 Vaccine – includes Q &As, Information for Health Professionals, and eligibility criteria. 


Nunavut Department of Health - COVID-19 Vaccination – includes vaccine information, rollout and FAQs. 


Government of Ontario - COVID-19 vaccines for Ontario – vaccination status, safety and rollout. 

Ontario College of Family Physicians - COVID-19 Vaccines | Vaccinating – curated list of provincial and federal vaccine information. 

Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table – Dashboard - Current COVID-19 Risk in Ontario by Vaccination Status

Public Health Ontario - COVID-19 Vaccines


Government of Quebec -  COVID-19 vaccination campaign. 

New Brunswick

Government of New Brunswick - SARS-CoV-2 Vaccines (COVID-19) Factsheet.

Government of New Brunswick –  Vaccine resources for health professionals – development, rollout and information for health professionals

Nova Scotia

Government of Nova Scotia - Coronavirus (COVID-19): vaccine – includes immunization plan, supply and distribution, and vaccine data. 

Nova Scotia Health - COVID-19 Vaccine – vaccine information and distribution plan. 

Prince Edward Island

Government of Prince Edward Island -  COVID-19 Vaccines and Immunization Phased Approach – vaccination status, rollout schedule, and safety. 

Government of Prince Edward Island – COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Health Care Providers 

Government of Prince Edward Island - Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine 

Newfoundland and Labrador

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador – COVID-19 Immunization Plan for Newfoundland and Labrador – vaccine information, administration and resources for health care professionals. 

Ethics and medical-legal resources

Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA) – Vaccination - “As the COVID-19 vaccination rollout expands, there are a number of medical-legal considerations physicians will want to be aware of.” 

Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics - Coronavirus Ethics and Policy Insights and Resources.

National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy/ Institut national de santé publique (Québec) – Public Health Ethics and COVID-19: Vaccination – Selected Resources

Webinars and podcasts

Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease Canada, Public Health Agency of Canada. COVID-19 vaccine foundations webinar for health care providers

CanVax / Public Health Agency of Canada - CANVax Presents: PHAC Webinar Series on COVID-19 Vaccines.

CanVax / Immunize Canada - Immunize Canada and CANVax Webinars.

National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases. NCCID hosts the Public Health Agency of Canada COVID-19 vaccine webinars for health care providers

Patient information

EBSCO - Patient decision aid for Covid-19 Vaccination

Immunize BC -  COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions


MayoClinic - COVID-19 vaccines: Get the facts

Ontario Ministry of Health - Vaccine safety

Public Health Agency of Canada - Vaccines for COVID-19

ScienceUpFirst - Together Against Misinformation

UpToDate - Patient education: COVID-19 vaccines (The Basics)

University of Oxford – Vaccines Knowledge Project - COVID-19 Vaccines in Pregnancy

Vaccines in PubMed search by the SMHS & EMHS Library and Information Service

Google Scholar Pfizer or Moderna vaccines search by Dean Giustini – Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)—For Beginners to Experts - University of British Columbia.


Need more information or have a more focused clinical question on COVID-19 vaccines or any other clinical topic of interest? Contact the Ask a Librarian team to request a literature search.


This material is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice and should not be relied on as health or personal advice. The opinions stated by the authors are made in a personal capacity and do not necessarily reflect those of the Canadian Medical Association and its subsidiaries including Joule.

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