Vaccine Safety & Side Effects
Check out Immunize Alberta for Common Questions about Vaccine Safety.
Q: What goes into making sure vaccines, including the COVID-19 vaccines, are safe and effective?
A: Canada is recognized around the world for high standards for vaccine review, approvals, and monitoring systems. Only vaccines that are safe and effective will be approved for use in Canada. After a vaccine is approved for use, evidence on safety and effectiveness is reviewed by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization who provide recommendations on immunizations for individuals and for public health programs.
Q: Have there been any adverse events following immunization with the COVID-19 vaccine?
A: Health Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada , the provinces and territories, and manufacturers continue to closely monitor the safety of COVID-19 vaccines and respond to any safety issues that arise.
Provincially the Government of Alberta has the most up-to-date figures on adverse events following immunization with the COVID-19 vaccine. A weekly report on side effects following COVID-19 vaccination in Canada, is available from the Government of Canada.
The benefits of vaccines authorized in Canada continue to outweigh the risks. All eligible Albertans born in 2009 or before are encouraged to get immunized as soon as possible.
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Why Is The Second Shot Worse
As your immune system is mounting a response after your first dose, you might get a headache, feel tired, or even develop a low fever. This is typical its called reactogenicity, and it can be a sign that the vaccine is working. But if you feel fine after your dose, that doesnt mean that the vaccine isnt doing its job.;
When you get your second shot, your body recognizes the spike protein from before and reacts quickly. Because of this, the side effects from the second shot can be stronger in some people.;
If youve already had COVID-19, you might actually react more strongly to the first dose because your body has already seen the spike protein from your previous infection. In this case, your first dose is acting like your second dose. That said, its still recommended that you get the second shot.
So if youre concerned about side effects, keep in mind that they can be a sign that the vaccine is working and will typically resolve within a few days. And some people dont have any side effects at all.;
Lost Record Of Immunization
- If you have lost your Record of Immunization and got your first dose at a New Brunswick Pharmacy, you can book an appointment through either a pharmacy or a clinic hosted by a health authority.
- If you have lost your record of immunization and got your first dose at a clinic hosted by a regional health authority, you must again book through a regional health authority.
- If you got your first dose outside of New Brunswick and have lost your record of immunization, you will need to contact the jurisdiction or organization that provided the first dose to obtain a record of that dose.
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How To Get Your Third Dose Vaccination:
- Your primary care provider or specialist will contact you directly to provide details on how to get vaccinated:
- Some PCP/specialists are able to administer the vaccine in their practice
- If your PCP/specialist is not able to administer vaccine on site, they will give you a referral form. You must present the completed referral form to a City-run clinic, hospital clinic or a pharmacy that administers COVID-19 vaccines
If readily available, you should get the same vaccine that you got for your second dose for your third dose.
I Can’t Get My Second Dose Where I Got My First One
We’ve received a lot of messages and questions about this issue. Maybe your original center is now closed. Or it’s really far away and difficult to get to again. Or you moved in the window between shots. Or in some cases, there just isn’t availability at the first location when it’s time to complete your series.
There are still options.
Below is what vaccine providers told us about booking appointments specifically for your second dose.
Note Regardless of where you go, make sure you stick with the same brand of vaccine. They are “not interchangeable.” Also, if you have any chance of going back to the location where you started your vaccine series, please try that first. If that’s not possible, try these:
The states booking portal will ask you if you have already gotten a vaccine and if so, what kind . Do be careful if you try this route though: sometimes, MyTurn will still link you to providers that only provide second doses to individuals who got their first doses with them.
City of Los Angeles
You can book a second dose at a City of Los Angeles site – but you must have proof of your first dose , according to the Carbon Health booking system website.
The appointment system should allow you to just book a second dose if that’s all you need, according to a spokesperson.
There is an option to book a second dose only, but availability depends on supply, a spokesperson told us.
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It Takes Time For The Vaccination To Provide Immunity
Clinical studies indicate that the vaccination may provide some protection around 12 days after the first dose is given, but you must get both doses in order to achieve full protection. When both doses are administered, the vaccine is more than 90% effective at preventing COVID-19 infection.
On May 13, the CDC stated that people who are fully vaccinated no longer need to wear masks or maintain social distancing in most situations. However, the CDC also noted that people with weakened immune conditions, such as cancer, should talk to their healthcare provider about the need for protective measures even after vaccination. Therefore, to protect our patients from COVID-19, MSK requires that all staff, patients, and visitors must continue to wear masks while at MSK. This requirement includes people who are fully vaccinated.
I Got My First Dose At Kedren Community Health Center
You are guaranteed a second dose from Kedren if you got your first one there, chief medical officer Dr. Kelly Jones confirmed in an email.
The community health center is not automatically scheduling those second dose appointments. Instead, you need to make that appointment yourself.
“Our supply is limited and future doses are not guaranteed, the no-show rate for appointments is high, and we don’t have sufficient staff for making appointments,” Jones explained. “If an individual can make an appointment on the shared website, that is the best way to assure their dose.”
Jones recognizes finding and securing a second dose appointment can be difficult.
“For this reason, we added multiple on-site personnel for registration so that anyone who received their first dose at our site can come for the second dose without an appointment,” Jones said.
Remember to bring your white vaccination card.
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What Should I Do After I Get The Shot
L.A. County recommends:
Using or exercising the arm that got the shot Wetting a washcloth with cool water and applying it to your arm Taking medications like acetaminophen or ibuprofen if you experience common symptoms Calling your doctor if side effect symptoms linger longer than two days
If you already got your second dose and have tips to share, let us know!
Which Vaccine Is Best
All COVID-19 vaccines give you good protection from severe illness from COVID-19 when you are fully vaccinated. The HSE only uses a vaccine if it meets the required standards of safety and effectiveness.
Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna are the recommended vaccines for people under the age of 50. This is because of the very rare risk of unusual blood clots with low platelets in people under 50 who get the AstraZeneca or Janssen vaccines.
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Why Is A Pfizer Vaccine Booster Likely To Be Available First
According to a report by the New York Times;on Sept. 3, administration health officials warn that the scientists of the FDA and CDC may not have enough time to approve boosters from all vaccine manufacturers in time to meet Biden’s goal of starting booster shots on Sept. 20.
“We were hoping that we would get both products, Moderna and Pfizer, rolled out by the week of the 20th,” Fauci said on Sept. 5. “It is conceivable that we will only have one of them out, but the other will likely follow soon thereafter.”
India Worried About Complacency Over Second Dose Of Covid
Women wait to receive a dose of COVISHIELD vaccine, a coronavirus disease vaccine manufactured by Serum Institute of India, outside a vaccination centre in Kolkata, India, August 31, 2021. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri
NEW DELHI, Sept 13 – India is worried that growing complacency as COVID-19 infection rates and deaths decline could lead to people skipping their second vaccine shots, leaving communities vulnerable to the coronavirus, said two health experts briefed on the matter.
India has administered more than 744 million vaccine doses – with 60% of its 944 million adults getting a first shot and 19% fully vaccinated with the required two shots.
India has the most partly immunized people in the world, according to the Our World in Data website, mainly due to a long gap of between 12 and 16 weeks between doses, as prescribed by the government.
“There’s a concern among the highest quarters of an impending vaccine hesitancy, in view of most taking a single dose already and disease incidence at its lowest,” said one of the sources, both of whom declined to be identified.
Large numbers of people skipping their second dose would be particularly problematic in areas with low numbers of previously infected people, meaning more people with fewer antibodies so those communities would be more vulnerable, the first expert said.
The health ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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If You Miss Your Second Dose
There are many reasons you might miss your second dose. If you test positive for COVID-19 after your first dose but before your second, it is recommended that you wait until you are done with the isolation period before you get your second dose.
If you miss your second dose for any reason, get it as soon as possible. The CDC recommends the second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines should be administered up to six weeks after the first dose. Reach out to the site where you received your first dose to reschedule. You do not need to restart the two-dose series again.
Vaccination Card And Your Second Shot
At your first vaccination appointment, you should have received a vaccination card that tells you what COVID-19 vaccine you received, the date you received it, and where you received it. Bring this vaccination card to your second vaccination appointment.
- If you did not receive a COVID-19 vaccination card at your first appointment, contact the vaccination provider site where you got your first shot or your state health department to find out how you can get a card.
- If you have lost your vaccination card or dont have a copy, contact your vaccination provider directly to access your vaccination record.
- If you cannot contact your vaccination provider directly, contact your state health departments immunization information system . You can find state IIS information on the CDC website. Vaccination providers are required to report COVID-19 vaccinations to their IIS and related systems.
- If you enrolled in v-safe or VaxText after your first vaccine dose, you can access your vaccination information using those tools.
- If you have made every effort to locate your vaccination information, are unable to get a copy or replacement of your vaccination card, and still need a second shot, talk to a vaccination provider.
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How To Get Your Covid
The COVID-19 vaccines currently available are given in 2 doses. You usually have the 2nd dose 8 to 12 weeks after the 1st dose.
If you’re aged 18 or over you can:
- find a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination site to get vaccinated without needing an appointment
- wait to be contacted by your GP surgery and book your appointments with them
If you cannot book appointments online, you can call 119 free of charge. You can speak to a translator if you need to.
If you have difficulties communicating or hearing, or are a British Sign Language user, you can use textphone 18001 119 or the NHS 119 BSL interpreter service.
You Are Not Currently Eligible To Book An Appointment
Ontario has a three-phase plan that prioritizes vaccines for those at greatest risk of severe illness and those who care for them. Each public health unit also has a complementary plan tailored to their own communityâs needs.
Vaccines also continue to be available at mobile and pop-up clinics in hot spots and atpharmacies across the province. These clinics are promoted locally within target communities and local public health units.
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Why Should You Get The Second Dose Even If You Have Tested Positive After The First Shot
If you are one among many who have tested positive for novel coronavirus after your first COVID-19 vaccine shot, first of all, know that you must go ahead and take the second dose by all means.;
Be clear about one thing – the COVID-19 vaccine has not caused you coronavirus disease. As a matter of fact, COVID-19 vaccines are disease-modifying vaccines. Once you have been administered both the doses, you will develop antibodies, and chances of severe infection, as well as death, will become lower. Vaccination will reduce your chances of being hospitalized due to coronavirus disease by 85%.;
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As per the ICMR data on the vaccine, COVID-19 vaccines are effective on various coronavirus variants that are currently mutating. In the forthcoming time, we may have variants that minimize the vaccines effect, say experts. In such a situation, it is important to continuously follow the coronavirus protocols and get vaccinated.
So, even if you get infected after the first vaccine dose, do not think you dont need the second shot.;
What Happens If I Skip My Second Covid
- Its important to get both doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to be fully protected against COVID-19.
- Some people may react more strongly to the second shot, but the side effects are temporary and will typically go away within a few days.
- If youre having difficulty finding a site that has the vaccine you need, there are resources available to help you find and schedule an appointment for your second dose.
Since December 2020, over 200 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in the United States. Over 30% of the population is now fully vaccinated, but there are still millions of Americans who have skipped their second dose meaning that theyre only partially protected.
For some, it comes down to not being able to find sites that have their vaccine brand in stock. For others, it may have been a bad experience with their first dose or the perception that one dose is enough. Either way, you wont get the full benefit of the vaccine if you dont complete the two-dose series.
Here well cover what you need to know if youve skipped your second shot and what steps you can take to get back on track.
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Should I Get An Antibody Test After The Vaccine To Make Sure Its Working
Antibody testing is not currently recommended check someones immunity to COVID-19 following either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines. The COVID-19 antibody test used at MSK detects;the immune response after being infected by COVID-19. It does not measure immunity that results from the vaccine. Thats why it should not be routinely ordered to assess vaccine response.
Fastest Option: Register Online With A Personal Health Number
Register online;It takes 2 minutes
To register online, you must provide:
- First and last name
- Postal code
- Personal Health Number
- An email address that gets checked regularly;or a phone number that can receive text messages
Find your Personal Health Number;on the back of your B.C. driver’s licence, BC Services Card or CareCard.;
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If Your First Dose Was Astrazeneca
If your first dose was the AstraZeneca vaccine, for your second dose you can choose to receive either:
- a second dose of AstraZeneca
- one of the mRNA vaccines
You can get a second dose of AstraZeneca:
- at least 8;weeks after your first dose with informed consent
- at a participating pharmacy or primary care setting
You can book one of the mRNA vaccines:
- at least 8 weeks after your first dose of AstraZeneca with informed consent
- a participating pharmacy or primary care setting
- public health units that use their own booking system
The Nhs Has Encouraged People To Move The Date Of Their Second Vaccination To An Earlier Slot
People who received their first vaccination earlier this year were previously scheduled for their second vaccine up to 12 weeks after their first.
However last month text messages were sent out to 650,000 people in England encouraging them to reschedule their vaccination appointments and bring them forward.
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