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Covid-19 Vaccinations

Are the Covid-19 vaccines safe?

All vaccines approved by Health Canada have met safety and quality standards. They have been tested in large trials to show they are safe and they work. Millions of doses of the vaccines have already been given around the world with good results. Most side effects are mild and go away after a few days.

Can you get COVID-19 After Getting the Vaccine?

Vaccines protect you from severe illness, hospitalization and deat. Vaccines take two weeks to provide protection. Continue to follow public health advice until more people are vaccinated and rates of COVID-19 go down. Encourage your friends and family to get vaccinated.

Will the Covid-19 vaccines make me sick?

There is no COVID-19 virus in the vaccine that can give you COVID-19. Most side-effects are mild and will go away after a few days. Severe allergic reactions are rare and are treated right away. Talk to your doctor if your symptoms don’t go away after three days.

Vaccine Ingredients and Allergies

The vaccines contain lipids (fats), salts, sugars and buffers. They do not contain eggs, gelatin (pork), gluten, latex, preservatives, antibiotics, or aluminum. Allergies to the COVID-19 vaccines are rare. The vaccines are safe, even if you have food, drug or environmental allergies. Speak with your health care provider first if you are allergic to polyethylene glycol, tromethamine or polysorbate.

Serious allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) are rare. Allergic reactions can be treated and are usually temporary. Get medical attention if you have trouble breathing, or develop hives or swelling in the face and throat.

Side Effects and Risks

Approximately 20 per cent of people have side effects. Most are mild to moderate, and last one to three days. Side effects usually mean that the vaccine is working to stimulate your immune system.

Common side effects include:

· redness, pain, itching or swelling at the injection site

· fever

· headache

· feeling tired

· muscle aches

· joint pain

· chills

· nausea and/or vomiting

Getting Your COVID-19 Vaccine While Breastfeeding

Vaccines are safe for people who are breastfeeding. They help protect you from COVID-19 and prevent you from passing it to your child. Vaccine does not pass into breastmilk. You can continue breastfeeding Antibodies produced from vaccination do pass into breastmilk which can protect your child.

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