In Newfoundland and Labrador anyone 12 and over is currently eligible to receive a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The majority of eligible Newfoundlanders and Labradorians have already received their first doses but if you haven’t, there are appointments available across the province.
COVID-19 has affected our lives for more than a year and now that the vaccine rollout is in full effect, there is finally an end in sight. Currently, there are 4 vaccines approved in Canada. The vaccine you receive depends on factors such as availability and age and the vaccine best suited for you will be chosen and administered by a healthcare professional. Adverse effects after receiving the vaccine are generally minimal and the more common adverse effects include pain at injection site, fatigue, fever, muscle aches/pain. More serious side effects are very rare and if you are concerned about the risks, you should talk with a healthcare provider about the risks vs benefits. There are very few instances that would prevent a person from receiving the vaccine but in situations where a person may be pregnant, immunocompromised or have underlying health conditions, it’s important to discuss the benefits vs risks as these populations were often not included in the vaccine trials. In most situations, the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the minimal risk and it’s important for everyone to make informed decisions on receiving their vaccine.
To stop the spread of the virus, achieving herd immunity in our communities is critical. This occurs when a substantial proportion of the population is protected from the virus (either from receiving both doses of the vaccine or through their own antibodies if they have been previously infected). When a large portion of the population is protected, the virus is unable to infect people and spread within that community. If the virus can’t infect and move, then the virus will eventually die and the spread becomes much more difficult. In certain situations, people may not be eligible for the vaccine (for example those less than 12 and those with previous allergic reaction to a COVID-19 vaccine are currently unable to get the vaccine). By achieving herd immunity, we can protect ourselves and those who are unable to get vaccinated.
If you haven’t yet had your vaccine or were not previously eligible, you can go to the government website and book your vaccine appointment now!
We are able to offer COVID-19 vaccinations based on availability. Please visit our nearest location for more details.