To help protect yourself and do your part for your community
Vaccination is one of the most effective ways to
reduce the impact of infectious diseases. There are several vaccines authorized for use in Canada to prevent the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Vaccines work by causing the body to produce its own protection against the virus.
By getting vaccinated against COVID-19, you’re doing your part to help protect yourself against the disease. The more people who are vaccinated in the community, the lower the risk of infection for those who are not vaccinated and those who developed only partial immunity from the vaccine. This is the principle of herd immunity.
Immunization is one of the most important achievements in public health history, and routine immunizations have greatly helped to reduce illness, death and the spread of some infectious diseases in Canada and around the world.
COVID-19 vaccines have been demonstrated to be effective in preventing the disease in individuals, but it is currently unknown if or to what degree vaccination will be sufficient to achieve herd immunity to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus – please continue to follow recommended Public Health measures even after you get vaccinated.
You may have some side effects from your vaccination, but this is completely normal.
You may not experience any side effects, but if you do, the more common side effects include injection-site pain, redness and/or swelling, fatigue, headache, muscle/joint pain, chills, fever, nausea and diarrhea.