Should I get vaccinated if I want to become pregnant, am currently pregnant, or am breastfeeding?
Is the vaccine going to mess up my menstrual cycle?
Great question! While there is no definitive evidence that tells us that the vaccine messes with menstrual cycles, research also indicates that menstrual cycles are sensitive to lifestyle changes and stress. Immune responses to the COVID-19 vaccine may stimulate earlier or later periods, or heavier bleeding. However, these changes are not likely to cause any long-term harm.
Will taking supplements protect me from COVID-19?
Can I use at-home remedies to prevent or treat COVID-19?
Traditional, herbal, and homeopathic remedies alone are not proven to prevent or treat COVID-19 infection. While these ancestral forms of healing are valuable, they should be used as complementary to the COVID-19 vaccine and not as a replacement for the vaccine. COVID-19 vaccination is the most effective, rigorously studied preventative to COVID-19 infection and severe disease.
Can I take antibiotics to treat COVID-19?
Does drinking disinfectant or bleach prevent or treat COVID-19?
Ingesting disinfectant or bleach does not prevent or treat COVID-19. While these cleaning products can kill germs (like the COVID-19 virus) on surfaces, drinking bleach can lead to severe health consequences such as burning of the throat and destruction of digestive organs. Do not wash produce or other eatables with disinfectant or bleach.
Can I take medication to help manage the side-effects of the COVID-19 vaccines?
Do I need the vaccine if I already had COVID-19?
Yes, you still need to get vaccinated. Being infected with COVID-19 does generate some antibodies that will fight off the virus if you are re-exposed, However, these naturally-generated antibodies are limited. Firstly, they may be specific to the variant of COVID-19 you were infected with. That means that you may not be protected against the Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, or any other variants of concern. The vaccines provide good protection against variants which you can read more about more below. Additionally, antibody levels produced from fighting COVID-19 can vary from person to person. That means that you may make less antibodies and have less ability to fight a second infection. The vaccines produce high antibody levels that ensure your immune system is able to fight another encounter with the virus. So far, the science says that people who have gotten COVID-19 should still get vaccinated.
Do I need the vaccine if I am “low-risk”?
Yes, you still need to get vaccinated. If you are young and healthy or if you live alone, you may be tempted to skip the vaccine because you are “low-risk.” Low-risk means you are less likely to be exposed to the virus, and/or you are less likely to get severe symptoms and need hospitalization if infected. Even if you live alone, you can be exposed to the virus during essential trips such as going to the dentist or getting groceries. Getting the vaccine will protect you from severe effects of COVID-19 while you are out and about. There have also been many reports of young people getting severe COVID-19 symptoms and needing hospitalization.
Therefore it is recommended that all people over 12 get vaccinated. Low-risk does not mean no-risk! Additionally, even if you are low-risk, it is still possible for you to contract COVID-19 and spread it to others in your community, including those who may be higher risk. You can spread the disease even if you have no symptoms.
Do I need the vaccine if we have reached herd immunity?
Yes, you still need to get vaccinated. We have not yet reached herd immunity from COVID-19. Each additional person getting vaccinated brings us closer to this goal. Herd immunity is important for those who cannot get the vaccine, such as children under 12, newborns and immunocompromised people. Herd immunity decreases your chance of being exposed to the virus because the virus is not spreading as much in the community. However, it does not protect you from infection (and severe symptoms and hospitalization) if you are exposed. Vaccination can protect you from infection and severe COVID-19 disease even if you are exposed to the virus.
Why do I need two doses?
How long does it take for immunity to be built up in your body post your second dose?
Do the COVID-19 vaccines work against the variants?
Are mRNA vaccines too new?
mRNA vaccines aren’t as new as you might think. Actually, mRNA vaccines have been researched for the past 30 years as a safe, new tool to develop immunity and fight cancer. The mRNA vaccines contain two important ingredients: mRNA and lipid nanoparticles. mRNA itself is a molecule that is found naturally in every person. mRNA is the instructions our body needs to build proteins. In 2005, a breakthrough study was published on how to safely deliver mRNA into cells using lipid nanomolecules. These lipid nanomolecules are tiny fat droplets that protect the mRNA from being destroyed before it reaches our cells. mRNA vaccines have been tested for coronaviruses (like COVID-19) since the early 2010s. Studies have also consistently highlighted the safety of mRNA vaccines.
In 2018, Nature, a reputable Science journal, had reviewed dozens of studies on mRNA vaccines and concluded their future was “extremely bright”. By the time COVID-19 vaccine development had begun, the researchers at Moderna were already developing an mRNA vaccine for Zika and influenza. We may very well see many mRNA vaccines in the future for a variety of illnesses.
Do vaccines cause magnetism?
Is the vaccine a tracking device?
Is it safe to mix the COVID-19 vaccines?
Have the same purpose
Are used in the same populations
Work in the same way
Are equally safe
Are equally effective
Was the vaccine developed and approved too quickly?
Exploratory: The vaccine was developed using existing technology that has been in development for the treatment of other similar viruses.
Preclinical: The vaccine was tested on cells and animals to collect initial information on whether it was safe and effective to move forward to humans.
Clinical Trials: These trials compared vaccinated and unvaccinated groups to answer questions about the efficacy* and safety of the vaccine.
Phase I: The vaccine was tested in small groups (tens of people) to determine a safe dosage level, side effects, and whether there were any major safety concerns.
Phase II: The vaccine was tested in larger groups (hundreds of people) to identify how well it works, the optimal dose, and to confirm if it is safe.
Phase III: The vaccine was tested in even larger groups (thousands of people) to determine the vaccine’s efficacy* in preventing disease and to identify any other side effects.
Approval: After all the trials had well-documented data, an application was sent to Health Canada for an independent review. A separate group of health experts reviewed all of the clinical trials to make sure they used proper methods and reported data correctly. This is the highest standard of review required to approve the vaccine to be administered to the public.
Continued Monitoring (Phase IV): Health Canada regularly monitors information about approved vaccines. This stage consists of safety monitoring, examining vaccine effectiveness within specific subgroups, and studying the duration of immunity.
* Efficacy is the degree to which a vaccine prevents disease under ideal and controlled environments like a clinical trial. Effectiveness refers to how well the vaccine works in the real world
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