With Ontario facing the most devastating wave of COVID-19 yet, and more contagious variant strains circulating, it is so important that you protect yourself and that includes through vaccination. We are encouraging you to get vaccinated as soon as you can. If you still have questions after reading this information, please call our office.
Take the first vaccine offered to you – Waiting for your ‘preferred’ vaccine risks potentially getting COVID-19 and associated illness. To best protect yourself and others, We agree that the best COVID19 vaccine is the one that reaches your arm first. Only COVID-19 vaccines that Health Canada determines to be safe and effective are approved for use, and all are highly effective in preventing severe illness, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19, including AstraZeneca. This is the same advice we as family doctors give to our own family members and loved ones.
Below you find some credible resources for some of the FAQs that we encounter from our patients.
- COVID vaccine fact sheet from the Ministry of Health
- I have some medical conditions. Is it safe for me to get the COVID19 vaccine?
- As per the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention: “People with underlying medical conditions can receive a COVID-19 vaccine as long as they have not had an immediate or severe allergic reaction to a COVID-19 vaccine or to any of the ingredients in the vaccine.” Learn more here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/faq.html.
- I had reactions to vaccines before. Can I still get the COVID19 vaccine?
- Look at the ingredient lists and see if you have severe allergies to any of the COVID-19 vaccine ingredients:
- Learn more here: https://immunizebc.ca/covid-19-vaccine-frequently-asked-questions
- I am pregnant or breastfeeding. Should I get the COVID-19 vaccine?
There are various myths floating around online regarding COVID vaccines having a negative impact on fertility, which is not scientifically supported. Here are some links from reputable scientific sources regarding this:
Information from Johns Hopkins on COVID vaccines and pregnancy
Statement from the Society of Obstetricians & Gynecologists of Canada regarding COVID vaccines and fertility
Ministry of Health released this decision-making tool for pregnant and breastfeeding individuals
- What about COVID19 vaccines and blood clots?
- The benefits clearly outweigh the risks – there is a lot of information out there. As you weigh the risk of potential vaccine side effects against the chance of contracting COVID-19 and perhaps becoming seriously ill or dying from the virus, please remember this: incidents of serious clotting from the AZ vaccine are extremely rare, these can be treated, and overall, the benefits of the AZ vaccine far outweigh the risks. A previous blood clot or family history of blood clots does not increase the risks of clotting from the AZ vaccine – in fact, COVID-19 infection can cause blood clots.
- See more information from Thrombosis Canada here.
- This article is a good summary.
- If I already had COVID19 and recovered, do I still need to get vaccinated with a COVID19 vaccine?
- As per the Public Health Association of British Columbia and the Centre for Disease Control: If you had COVID-19 you should still get the vaccine once you have recovered. This is because you may not be immune to the virus that causes COVID-19 and you could get infected again. However, as vaccine quantities are currently limited, those who tested positive for COVID-19 within the last three months are expected to have protection for the short term and can have their COVID-19 vaccination deferred. Read more here:
- Do I need a note from my doctor if I have one of the health conditions listed under the Phase 2 vaccine roll-out?
- Notes are NOT required to prove eligibility for vaccination based on the list of Phase 2 health conditions.
- What should I expect after I get the COVID19 vaccine?
- Please review this Vaccine After-Care sheet: https://tools.cep.health/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Vaccine_After-Care_Sheet_gsUPDATED.pdf
Please book your vaccination appointment as soon as you are eligible.
We are here to help keep you safe and get through this pandemic together.
Centro Healthcare Family Health Organization