Q&A

Q&A

Over the past 50 years, immunization has led to the elimination, containment and control of diseases that were once very common in Canada. Vaccines help your immune system recognize and fight bacteria and viruses that cause diseases. Get answers to your questions about the COVID-19 vaccine.

Vaccine Safety & Efficacy

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Some people have dangerous allergic reactions to a vaccine. Is pregnancy likely to cause more of these reactions?

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How do pregnant individuals generally respond to vaccines?

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 Could the vaccine affect fertility?

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Should individuals who are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding get the COVID-19 vaccine?

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I’ve heard symptoms with Omicron are less severe than other COVID-19 variants, so should I bother getting a booster dose?

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With 3rd doses being recommended, will a 4th dose be recommended?

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Why did it take longer for vaccines to be approved for children under the age of 18?

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I’ve heard that vitamin D supplements can prevent or even treat COVID-19. Is it true?

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Does the COVID-19 vaccine contain harmful chemicals?

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Is it true that COVID-19 mRNA vaccine can alter my DNA?

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Is it true that COVID-19 is no worse than the seasonal flu?

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What are COVID-19 variants, and should I be worried about them?

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Is it safe to have a mixed vaccine schedule?

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I’ve had one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Do I really need two or three doses in total?

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I work out in the gym a lot and am a very health-conscious person. I’m concerned about all the different things that are in the vaccine and not sure I want it in my body.

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I’m healthy and even if I get COVID-19 I’ll be OK.  Is it really necessary for me to get vaccinated?

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Are there any fetal cells in COVID-19 vaccines?

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Why should I bother having my child vaccinated if their symptoms are so mild?

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What are the side effects of the vaccine on youth and children?

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Can you shed COVID-19 virus by getting vaccinated?

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How common are adverse reactions to the vaccine?

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If I am taking medication (anti-inflammatory, aspirin) or vitamins, do I need to stop taking them before my appointment?

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I tend to get light-headed and sometimes faint when I get needles. Is this going to be a problem at my vaccine appointment?

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The vaccine was developed so fast, is it safe?

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How are vaccines approved in Canada?

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Can I get another vaccine around the same time as my COVD-19 vaccine?

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I have allergies and I’ve heard people can have bad allergic reactions to this vaccine. What are the symptoms of an allergic reaction? What should I do?

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Why are there different types of COVID-19 vaccines?

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How long is the COVID-19 vaccine effective?

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If I’ve had COVID-19, am I immune? Do I still need the COVID-19 vaccine?

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When will we reach herd immunity through vaccination?

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What are the possible side effects from the vaccine?

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Are certain people more likely to have these serious blood clots than others?

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Eligibility for Vaccine

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What information do I need to book my second dose or third dose appointment?

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I have an appointment but I can’t go. Can I give my appointment to someone else?

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Can I get a vaccine at my nearest pharmacy?

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Is there a cost to get vaccinated?

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Will this vaccine be mandatory? 

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Is anyone in Manitoba, regardless of their immigration status, eligible for a free vaccine?

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Life After the Vaccine

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Will I need my immunization card to access services?

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I got my vaccine outside of Manitoba, how can I register this with the province?

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How long will I have to wait to see my COVID-19 immunization record online?

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Once I get the vaccine, can I travel?

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Will I get a document with proof of vaccination?

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With new strains of COVID-19 appearing should I wait to be vaccinated?

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Do I still need to go into quarantine if I am fully immunized and test positive for COVID-19?

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Vaccine Appointment

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Can I go with my youth for their vaccine appointment?

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I don’t want to go to my vaccine appointment alone, can I bring someone with me?

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Can I get a vaccine at my nearest pharmacy?

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If I am taking medication (anti-inflammatory, aspirin) or vitamins, do I need to stop taking them before my appointment?

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I tend to get light-headed and sometimes faint when I get needles. Is this going to be a problem at my vaccine appointment?

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When I register to use the online appointment booking system, can I register my spouse even if they are not eligible yet, or do I register my spouse when they become eligible? When I use the online appointment booking web site, can I book other family members?

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Kids Age 5-11

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My child is turning 12 soon. Should they receive the pediatric dose for their first vaccine or wait until after their birthday to get an adult dose?

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Can children ages 5 to 11 receive their second dose of the vaccine sooner than eight weeks after their first dose for logistical reasons? (e.g. They will be travelling internationally seven weeks after their first dose and the parents want them to be fully vaccinated before leaving.)

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Is there a maximum time between the pediatric dose and the second dose to be considered fully immunized when a child turns 12?

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Can children aged five to 11 provide informed consent to receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

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Kids Age 4 & Under

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Why should my child in this age group be vaccinated against COVID-19?

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What are the risk factors for my child to have more severe symptoms?

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How many doses will my child need and when should they get them?

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Is this vaccine effective?

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Is the vaccine safe for my child?

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How does this vaccine compare to other available Moderna vaccines?

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What are the possible side effects of the vaccine?

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The Moderna vaccine had small numbers of cases of myocarditis as a rare side effect among other age groups. Was this seen in the vaccine studies for children aged 6 months to 4 years old?

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My child is turning 5 soon. Should they receive the Moderna vaccine for children aged 6 months to 4 years old now, or should they wait until after their birthday to get the vaccine for kids aged 5 to 11?

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Can children in this age group receive their second dose of the vaccine sooner than eight weeks after their first dose for logistical reasons? (e.g. They will be travelling internationally and the parents want them to be fully vaccinated before leaving.)

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My child has a compromised immune system. Should they get the COVID vaccine?

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My child is due for other immunizations.  Should they get the COVID vaccine at the same time?

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How can I prepare my child for their vaccination?

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