The Button Project
COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ

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7 billion doses have been given worldwide, with 28 million Canadians doubly vaccinated. However, we have not yet reached herd immunity.

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Common Questions

SHOULD I WEAR A MASK AFTER GETTING A VACCINE?


​Yes. Keep practicing protective measures such as wearing a mask, washing your hands, physical distancing, and following local public health guidance.





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Staying Safe

SHOULD I WEAR A MASK AFTER GETTING A VACCINE?


​Yes. Keep practicing protective measures such as wearing a mask, washing your hands, physical distancing, and following local public health guidance.





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Vaccine Safety

SHOULD I WEAR A MASK AFTER GETTING A VACCINE?


​Yes. Keep practicing protective measures such as wearing a mask, washing your hands, physical distancing, and following local public health guidance.





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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

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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COVID-19 Variants

WILL THE VACCINE PROVIDE LONG-TERM PROTECTION? WILL THE VACCINE PROTECT ME FROM OTHER VIRUS VARIANTS?


It is too early to tell how long the vaccine will last. To best protect yourself, your family and your community, take two doses of any vaccine that's offered to you. You need both doses for longer lasting and better protection. It is ok if the two doses are not from the same manufacturer. We use vaccines from different manufacturers all the time for other conditions.





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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

/ Overview


The Button Project is a collaborative health advocacy strategy led by Dr. Shobana Ananth working with Inner City Health Associates, 19 to Zero and the Health Design Studio at OCAD University.
The primary purpose of the project is to improve peer to peer dialogue amongst health care workers (HCW) and their patients around the COVID-19 vaccine, focusing on marginalized populations. The project includes the design and development of a unique button printed with a QR code that when scanned links health care workers to a landing page of frequently asked questions (FAQ) and tips for improving dialogue on the COVID-19 vaccine.




/ Background & Need


​There is a need for innovative strategies to enable a diverse group of health providers to engage in dialogue about the COVID-19 vaccine safety and efficacy.

A central issue is the lack of trust of the health care system amongst many health care workers, marginalized populations, (those experiencing poverty, homelessness, mental health concerns or addictions) and the BIPOC community (systemic racism, lack of legislated paid sick days, lack of agency, ‘feeling like a guinea pig’ etc.) Secondly, there is lack of simple messaging around the COVID vaccine with a heavy use of biologic or medical terminology, and literature written at well above a grade 4 literacy level.




/ Process


The project process consists of the design, test, implementation and evaluation of the button and associated FAQ in an iterative manner, accounting for use by a diverse group of HCW’s. Dr. Ananth as Project Lead will implement and evaluate the effectiveness of this project along with the Population Health Service of ICHA and 19toZero. OCADU’s Health Design Studio will use this feedback to continuously improve on the design aspects of the project




/ The Health Design Studio


The Health Design Studio at OCADU works to bring an inclusive and interdisciplinary design approach to healthcare design challenges. To learn more, visit healthdesignstudio.ca





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.