Important Notice: Funding for the Canadian Vaccine Catalogue will expire on March 31, 2024. As of April 1, 2024, the CVC will no longer be available to the public. The Public Health Agency of Canada PHAC is developing a new National Vaccine Catalogue (NVC) that will replace the CVC as a public resource for vaccine standards in Canada.

The Canadian Vaccine Catalogue

The Canadian Vaccine Catalogue (CVC) is the comprehensive, standards-based, source-of-truth for vaccine terminology and vaccine product information in Canada. It is developed and maintained by CANImmunize.

The CVC has up-to-date terminology and product information for all COVID-19 vaccine products in Canada.

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What is the CVC?

The CVC is a data system that centralizes standardized immunization terminology and product data. It is used to capture, record and exchange immunization data in digital health systems, enabling interoperability and public health surveillance in real-time. It is used by health informatics and IT professionals developing digital health systems.

New versions released monthly

Content and release cycle managed by the CVC Working Group

Designed to be flexible and adapt to stakeholders' evolving requirements

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What is interoperability?

Interoperability is the ability of computer systems and software products to seamlessly exchange and use stored data.

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Supporting interoperability of immunization data

Benefits of the CVC

Standardized vaccine terminology is essential for governments, electronic medical record vendors and any organization tracking immunization data, as it permits timely aggregation and reporting of data across the country for surveillance purposes.

  • Improves the quality of data captured in digital systems by supporting the use of standardized pick-lists and barcode scanning
  • Aligned with the National Data Immunization Elements required to support interoperability as outlined by the federal government
  • Standards-based using SNOMED-CT terminology
  • Enhances Canada's ability to monitor vaccine safety and vaccination coverage rates in real-time
  • Saves stakeholders time and resources in configuring immunization data in their systems by centralizing immunization information

About CANImmunize

CANImmunize is a science-driven technology company based in Ottawa specializing in immunization software. The team has over 10 years’ experience developing digital immunization solutions for businesses, health care organizations and governments, including COVID-19 vaccination software, tracking and other immunization needs. It developed the internationally-recognized CANImmunize app, a pan-Canadian digital immunization tracking system that helps Canadians keep track of their vaccinations with a mobile app and web portal.

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The Canadian Vaccine Catalogue API is currently in alpha. See the API documentation here.

About the Catalogue

The Canadian Vaccine Catalogue (CVC) is the comprehensive, standards-based source-of-truth resource for vaccine terminology and vaccine product information in Canada. It has been funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada and is currently developed and maintained by the CANImmunize team.
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What you need to know

  • The catalogue is intended for use by health informatics and IT professionals developing digital health information systems that require up-to-date standardized vaccine terminology and product data.
  • New versions of the catalogue will be released monthly.
  • The catalogue is designed to extend the Pan-Canadian Immunization SNOMED CT® Reference Sets developed by Canada Health Infoway.
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Major Update:
- New Subsets: Forecast Status, Shelf Status.
- Generic and Tradename subsets now include the concepts that were previously contained within their passive counterparts.
- ShelfStatus field is now available on the Generic and Tradename subsets which can be used to filter concepts based on market availability. Prevalence and Ontario specific fields are no longer available.
- Antigen subset has been renamed to Antigen/Immunoglobulin/Antitoxin and now includes immunoglobulins and antitoxins.
- Products tab is no longer available.
- DIN-SNOMED CT Mapping has been improved.
- Some GTIN fields that were previously available have been removed.

Monthly releases will resume from this point forward.


- Monthly lot data update
- Added passive administered and passive historical subsets
- Added National Immunization Data Dictionary subsets:
    - AdminGender
    - AnatomicalSite
    - RepSource
    - RouteOfAdministration
- Removed color field from generic subset
- Removed AHFS field from Products subset
- Removed Tripacel lots that were not marketed in Canada
- Removed the subset id field from all subsets


- Monthly lot data update
- English abbreviation MMRV changed to MMR-Var to align with Vaccine Vigilance Working Group abbreviations
- French abbreviation Zona changed to Zos to align with Vaccine Vigilance Working Group abbreviations


- Monthly lot data update
- Large update to GTIN list


- Monthly lot data update
- Correction made to display terminology for generic concept 7741000087102


This is the initial release of the Canadian Vaccine Catalogue.

New versions of the catalogue are released monthly.

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