COVID-19 Vaccines

When will I get the vaccine?

Please see below link to find out more about eligibility criteria and information on vaccination centres in Toronto.  

vaccineto.ca

 

The AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine will be available at select pharmacies in Ontario for patients aged 60 and above. Please see this link for a list of pharmacies and contact information:

covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations

 

(last updated March 22, 2021)

As of February 20, 2021, in Phase I, the current priority for COVID vaccines are

 
For further information on Ontario’s vaccine roll out please visit: 
 

covid 19vaccines as soon as they are available. 

Ontario’s goal is to vaccinate eligible person by the end of 2021. In general, older adults and others at high risk of getting sick or getting sick will be vaccinated before others.  It will take some time to vaccinate enough of our community members and achieve shared protection through herd immunity.  We do not know yet if or when HS Medical will have vaccines for our patients, but we will keep you updated with as more information becomes available. 


Source:

Ministry of Health COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan (Feb 19, 2021) 

What vaccines are available in Canada?

Type: mRNA vaccine

Administration: Two intramuscular injections given 28 days apart

Storage: -25oC to -15oC

Efficacy: 94% effective in preventing COVID-19 in previously uninfected individuals based on clinical trials

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines/Moderna.html 

 

Type: mRNA vaccine

Administration: Two intramuscular injections given 21 days apart

Storage: – 80oC to – 60oC

Efficacy: 95% effective in preventing COVID-19 in previously uninfected individuals based on clinical trials

Type: Adenovirus vector vaccine

Administration: Two intramuscular injections given 4-12 weeks apart

Storage: 2oC to 8 oC

Efficacy: 62% effective in preventing COVID-19 in previously uninfected individuals based on clinical trials and 100% effective in preventing severe disease, hospitalisation and death

Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe?

The COVID-19 vaccines are safe.  With over 1 million COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in Canada, the rate of serious adverse reaction (including anaphylaxis) is 0.009% (Health Canada, February 2021)

The common side effects include:

– pain at the injection site

  • – muscle pain
  • – fever
  • – headache
  • – fatigue

 

Studies show that these normally resolve within 1 week of vaccination.

Who can receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

The Moderna vaccine can be given to those 18 years of age or older

The Pfizer-Biotech vaccine can be given to those 16 years of age or older

The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine can be given to those 18 – 65 years of age (but may change with more data)

Pregnant and breastfeeding patients were excluded from the initial clinical trials; however recently Pfizer-NBiotech and Moderna have started clinical trials for pregnant patients.

It is suggested that pregnant and breastfeeding patients have a discussion with their healthcare provider about the risks/benefits of the vaccine and the consequences of COVID-19 infection.

A consensus statement by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada:

“Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should be offered vaccination at anytime if
they are eligible and no contraindications exist.”

Currently the COVID-19 vaccines are indicated for those 16 yrs of age or older.   There are clinical trials currently being conducted by Pfizer and Moderna and hope is that a paediatric vaccine will be available by the end of 2021.