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COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ

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5 billion doses have been given worldwide, with 25 million Canadians doubly vaccinated. However, we have not yet reached herd immunity.

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Common Questions

WHY SHOULD I GET THE VACCINE?


The vaccine will protect you from getting sick with COVID-19. Some people can get very ill from COVID-19, needing hospital care

TIP: relate to the person’s specific situation - their health status, work, family situation




I’VE ALREADY HAD COVID-19. DO I NEED TO GET THE VACCINE?


Yes. Immunity from having COVID-19 before may not protect you for very long. It is possible to get COVID-19 again.




HOW DO I HELP SOMEONE WHO IS AFRAID OF NEEDLES?


This is not uncommon, lots of people have this fear. You can try to get them to do breathing techniques with slow deep breaths to calm them, have them lie down and play relaxing music. You can distract them by having You Tube or other videos playing. You can try to numb the area with ice prior to the injection.





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Staying Safe

ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS?


The vaccine can cause pain or redness at the injection site, headache, fever, and muscle aches. Most side effects will go away in a few days. A healthcare worker will monitor you for any reactions after you get vaccinated.




IF I GET MILD SIDE EFFECTS AFTER THE FIRST SHOT, SHOULD I RECEIVE THE SECOND SHOT?


Yes. Mild side effects are common for all vaccines. It is important to receive both doses.





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Vaccine Safety

CAN I GET COVID-19 FROM THE VACCINE?


No. The vaccine does not have the virus, so you cannot catch COVID-19 by getting the vaccine.




IS THE VACCINE SAFE?


Yes. The vaccine has been tested for safety, and Health Canada has approved it for use in Canada.

TIP: acknowledge the fear and talk about vaccine testing in general, same process, just more concentrated efforts because of the severity and urgency of COVID 19




I HAVE ALLERGIES. CAN I GET THE VACCINE?


A healthcare worker will review the list of vaccine ingredients with you to make sure it is safe for you before you are vaccinated.

TIP: talk about the same safety checks as flu and other vaccines




IS THE VACCINE SAFE IF YOU USE OTHER SUBSTANCES?


Yes, absolutely





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Side Effects

ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS?


The vaccine can cause pain or redness at the injection site, headache, fever, and muscle aches. Most side effects will go away in a few days. A healthcare worker will monitor you for any reactions after you get vaccinated.




IF I GET MILD SIDE EFFECTS AFTER THE FIRST SHOT, SHOULD I RECEIVE THE SECOND SHOT?


Yes. Mild side effects are common for all vaccines. It is important to receive both doses.





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Babies and Children

CAN I GET COVID-19 FROM THE VACCINE?


No. The vaccine does not have the virus, so you cannot catch COVID-19 by getting the vaccine.




IS THE VACCINE SAFE?


Yes. The vaccine has been tested for safety, and Health Canada has approved it for use in Canada.

TIP: acknowledge the fear and talk about vaccine testing in general, same process, just more concentrated efforts because of the severity and urgency of COVID 19




I HAVE ALLERGIES. CAN I GET THE VACCINE?


A healthcare worker will review the list of vaccine ingredients with you to make sure it is safe for you before you are vaccinated.

TIP: talk about the same safety checks as flu and other vaccines




IS THE VACCINE SAFE IF YOU USE OTHER SUBSTANCES?


Yes, absolutely





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COVID-19 Variants

CAN I GET COVID-19 FROM THE VACCINE?


No. The vaccine does not have the virus, so you cannot catch COVID-19 by getting the vaccine.




IS THE VACCINE SAFE?


Yes. The vaccine has been tested for safety, and Health Canada has approved it for use in Canada.

TIP: acknowledge the fear and talk about vaccine testing in general, same process, just more concentrated efforts because of the severity and urgency of COVID 19




I HAVE ALLERGIES. CAN I GET THE VACCINE?


A healthcare worker will review the list of vaccine ingredients with you to make sure it is safe for you before you are vaccinated.

TIP: talk about the same safety checks as flu and other vaccines




IS THE VACCINE SAFE IF YOU USE OTHER SUBSTANCES?


Yes, absolutely





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Resources

FURTHER INFORMATION


For further detailed information, please see the Centre for Effective Practice Website.





/ Creating dialogue on the COVID-19 vaccine

/ Project Lead and Creator: Dr. Shobana Ananth
/ Creative Lead: Dr. Kate Sellen
/ Collaborators: ICHA, 19 to Zero

About the Button Project

WHY SHOULD I GET THE VACCINE?


The vaccine will protect you from getting sick with COVID-19. Some people can get very ill from COVID-19, needing hospital care

TIP: relate to the person’s specific situation - their health status, work, family situation




I’VE ALREADY HAD COVID-19. DO I NEED TO GET THE VACCINE?


Yes. Immunity from having COVID-19 before may not protect you for very long. It is possible to get COVID-19 again.




HOW DO I HELP SOMEONE WHO IS AFRAID OF NEEDLES?


This is not uncommon, lots of people have this fear. You can try to get them to do breathing techniques with slow deep breaths to calm them, have them lie down and play relaxing music. You can distract them by having You Tube or other videos playing. You can try to numb the area with ice prior to the injection.





If you have any COVID-19 inquiries or would like your community organization to be involved, let us know by contacting info@19tozero.ca

Call 9-1-1 if you think you have a medical emergency
Call telehealth +1 866-797-0000 (Ontario) for general medical questions.

Licensed by Health Design Studio at OCADU under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License with project lead Dr. Shobana Ananth of the Dept. of Family and Community Medicine, UofT, working with Inner City Health Associates, Toronto, and 19tozero.ca

/ The Button Project:  The project resulted in the design and development of a button that aims to provide a dialogue opportunity around COVID-19 vaccine/vaccination for healthcare workers. The button project provides users with a button printed with a QR code that when scanned links the user to this landing page consisting of further information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine.