Q&A

Vaccine Safety & Efficacy

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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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Due to my health condition/medical history I am told I should talk to my doctor to see if I should get a vaccine, why? 

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Is the vaccine safe if I’m pregnant?

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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 vaccines?

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Will the vaccine work if the virus mutates?

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How long is the COVID vaccine effective?

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I’ve had COVID-19. Should I still get immunized?

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What happens if you only get one dose and not two? Can you mix types of vaccine in the doses?

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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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Why is Manitoba stretching out the time between first and second doses of vaccine?

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Does the second dose of the vaccine have to be the same brand and type as the first dose?

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Why isn’t the AstraZeneca/Covishield vaccine available for those aged 65-plus?

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With different types of vaccines now available, which one should I choose?

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Will we need booster shots in the future?

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Is the AstraZeneca vaccine safe?

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What should people who have already had a dose of AstraZeneca/Covishield vaccine do for their second dose?

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Why is Manitoba still using the AstraZeneca/Covishield vaccine?

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Does this mean there are broader concerns about the COVID-19 vaccines?

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How many doses of AstraZeneca/Covishield have been given so far?

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Are you going to accommodate people who had an appointment and are now no longer eligible?

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Have there been any cases of VIPIT in Manitoba?

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Could other COVID-19 vaccines cause VIPIT?

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What is the risk specifically?

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

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What’s changed about AstraZeneca / Covishield vaccines?

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Eligibility for Vaccine

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I am employed by an eligible setting, but I work from home. Am I eligible to be immunized?

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I work part time. Is there a set amount of hours or shifts I have to work before I am eligible?

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I don’t see my specific profession or job listed. Am I eligible?

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I am a healthcare student and have to do a practicum in an eligible setting. Am I eligible?

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I am a contracted employee, volunteer or independent consultant. However, I go into eligible settings for my work. Am I eligible?

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I go to people’s homes to provide health care services, like foot care nursing, which are not part of home care. Am I eligible?

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How are eligible congregate living settings determined?

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I am under 18, but I work in an eligible workplace setting. Can I get the vaccine?

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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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I visit an eligible workplace for business purposes (sales or deliveries, for example). Am I eligible?

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Can I get a vaccine at my nearest pharmacy?

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The age for eligibility is constantly changing but I can’t check online regularly. Is there an easier way to find out if I’m eligible for a vaccine?

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I have received my first dose vaccine and need my second dose vaccine. How will I know when I can schedule my second dose appointment?

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Is there a cost to get vaccinated?

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Will this vaccine be mandatory? 

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Why can’t children be immunized?

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When will it be my turn to be immunized? How did you decide who gets a vaccine first?

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Should I call for an appointment to get the vaccine?

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When will more Manitobans be eligible to get the vaccine?

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

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I’ve heard that COVID-19 spreads in the air. If that’s the case, why is the vaccine only available to health-care providers who are providing direct patient care?

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Life After the Vaccine

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

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After I’m immunized, do I still have to wear a mask and social distance? 

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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’ve had both doses of the vaccine?

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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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Can I wait until my younger spouse or partner is eligible before I call for my appointment so we can go together?

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How do I register for a pop-up clinic vaccine 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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The age for eligibility is constantly changing but I’m tired of checking the web site all the time. Is there an easier way to find out if I’m eligible for a vaccine?

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I have received my first dose vaccine and need my second dose of the vaccine. How will I know when I can schedule my second dose appointment?

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Can I wait until my younger spouse or partner is eligible before I call for my appointment so we can go together?

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How do I register for a pop-up clinic vaccine appointment?

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When I register to use the online appointment booking system, can I book other family members? Do I have to wait until they are eligible, or can I do that anytime?

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COVID-19 Vaccine Transportation Coordination Program

For more information: call 211 or visit the website, 211 Manitoba or, Transportation Options Network for Seniors.

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What is the COVID-19 Vaccine Transportation Coordination Program?

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Who is offering the vaccine transportation program?

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Who is eligible to use the Vaccine Transportation Program?

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When can I call 211 MB to book a ride?

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Is 211 available province-wide?

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Is service available in French, or other languages?

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Will 211 MB book transportation for clients to the vaccine site once they have their vaccination appointment booked?

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Can I choose which transportation option I take, or is it assigned to me?

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Will the Vaccine Transportation Coordination Program provide a free ride to the vaccination site?

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Is this service safe?

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Am I guaranteed transportation through this service?

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What should I do if I have to cancel or reschedule my vaccine appointment?

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