Learn about national essential worker guidelines and vaccine resources
We have created a streamlined vaccination distribution guide to support you in understanding national and provincial or territorial guidance for vaccine prioritization and how essential workers are classified in the process. It also includes some guidance on eligibility for receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
The information provided below is intended solely as a reference tool for you. It is not medical advice nor is it a guarantee of eligibility for or access to a vaccine. Decisions about vaccine eligibility and availability are made by provinces or local jurisdictions. Please visit your province or territory’s Vaccine Eligibility and Guidelines page for more details or contact your healthcare provider.
Note: The information below is subject to change and may not be current. This guide was last updated on February 26, 2021.
For more information on Starbucks support and policies, please visit the COVID-19 resources page on Partner Hub.
Starbucks strongly recommends that all partners get the vaccine once they become eligible. For more information about the benefits of the vaccine, please visit the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI).
What is an essential worker? Which category do I fit into?
Ensuring that the public has access to secure and healthy food, meals, and nutrition is especially critical during this time of uncertainty for our communities. Because of our supply chain infrastructure that allows us to continue to provide and serve ready to eat meals, along with our ability to modify operations to fully comply with COVID-19 safety rules and regulations, we are considered a business that provides essential services. Thus, if you are a Starbucks retail or manufacturing/distribution partner, you are classified as a frontline essential worker in the Food sector, according to Canada's National Strategy for Critical Infrastructure. Staying open, in cooperation with local government and health officials, allows us to continue to show up for our first responders, healthcare providers, and customers and play a vital role in getting them access to healthy food and beverage options.
The definition of prioritized populations for vaccine distribution was created by National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI). Populations were prioritized based on risk factors including age, exposure risk for work or living environments, pre-existing medical conditions, and more. This federal guidance was intended to ensure the continuity of critical functions across the country and to support a risk-based approach towards worker safety in these critical areas. As a retail or manufacturing/distribution partner, you are currently prioritized in Stage 2 for vaccine distribution. This is not equivalent to being eligible to receive the vaccine in Phase 2. The progress and current stage of vaccine distribution may vary by province or territory. You can learn more by viewing National Vaccine Distribution Guidance.
When can I anticipate getting the vaccine?
The timeline of vaccine distribution is determined by each province or territory and sometimes by locality. It is subject to continual change due to various factors, such as global vaccine manufacturing and province or territory-specific distribution processes. Based on national guidance, certain groups of essential workers may already be eligible for vaccination in their province or territory. To find the most accurate information about vaccine distribution in your province or territory, please visit your province or territory's health department website. Our Vaccine Eligibility and Guidelines pages can help direct you to these additional resources.
Who should I contact if I have more questions?
If you have more questions about the vaccine, please contact the Public Health Agency of Canada COVID-19 information line 833-784-4397. For more questions about vaccine distribution and eligibility, we recommend contacting your specific province, territory, or local health departments for more details. Our Vaccine Eligibility and Guidelines pages can help direct you to additional resources. If you have additional questions related to the support Starbucks offers to navigate COVID-19, please reach out to your leader or partner resources partner.