Sharon Goertzen

How do I know that the information I am reading is true regarding COVID-19?

It is best to get your information from reliable scientific sites such as your local Public Health Unit. There are many social media sites that do not contain accurate information about COVID-19. Always check where the information came from. See a list of credible sites for COVID-19 vaccine information. Speak to your health care provider if you are pregnant or require more information about the COVID-19 vaccine.

https://www.tbdhu.com/coronavirus

https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada.html

https://www.publichealthontario.ca/

Why should I get a COVID-19 Vaccine?

Getting vaccinated will protect you from getting COVID-19 infection. It may also protect people around you, especially people who are at risk for getting the virus such as the elderly or those with chronic health concerns. After you receive your vaccine, and until scientific experts say it’s safe to stop, it is important for everyone to continue to follow the advice of public health officials. This includes following all public health measures, like staying home as much as possible, keeping 2 metres distance from others, wearing your mask and washing your hands often.

Myths:

Will the COVID-19 vaccine make me sick with COVID-19?

No, none of the vaccines approved in Canada are made from live viruses, so you cannot get COVID-19 from the vaccine.  With any vaccine you may experience a few days of feeling tired or possibly a slight fever; this is your body’s reaction to building up antibodies to the vaccine. The most common side effect is a sore arm at the injection site.

The vaccines were produced in a short period of time so they can’t be safe?

  • Vaccines are safe, and getting vaccinated will help protect you against COVID-19.
  • The vaccines used in Canada are extremely safe and are among the safest medical products available. Serious side effects, such as severe allergic reactions, are very rare.
  • Prior to authorization for use in Canada, vaccines are extensively tested and the manufacturer must submit scientific and clinical evidence that demonstrates the safety and efficacy of the vaccine.
  • See link from Health Canada for more information on vaccines safety

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/healthy-living/canadian-immunization-guide-part-2-vaccine-safety/page-2-vaccine-safety.html

Will I get blood clots from the COVID-19 vaccines?  We are hearing on the news this occurred from the AstraZeneca vaccine and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine

In early April, U.S. health regulators recommended pausing the use of the vaccine after six female recipients between the ages of 18 and 48 experienced the adverse event. 

*As reported by CBC on April 24, five cases of rare blood clots have been reported in Canada out of more than 1.1 million doses given

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