Doctors Answer Common Vaccine Questions
ManitobaVaccine.ca hits milestone with 150,000 eligibility checks
For release: March 29, 2021
Answers to dozens of common public questions about the COVID-19 vaccine have been added to ManitobaVaccine.ca, an initiative created by Doctors Manitoba.
“We’ve received thousands of questions from the public through ManitobaVaccine.ca, and today we are sharing answers to the most common questions,” said Dr. Cory Baillie, President of Doctors Manitoba. “It’s natural for people to have questions, because these are new vaccines for a new disease. Manitobans can now learn even more about the COVID-19 vaccines on our vaccine site. They can also talk to their doctor if they need to know more.”
Answers posted to ManitobaVaccine.ca respond to questions about the safety and effectiveness of the new vaccines, as well as personal health situations and eligibility status. All of the questions were carefully reviewed and a team of physicians developed answers to over 30 of the most common inquiries. These include:
- Should I get the vaccine if I have serious allergies?
- Which vaccine is most effective? Should I wait for a more effective vaccine?
- Are there medications that can interact with the vaccines?
- Do younger and healthier people need the vaccine?
- How quickly am I protected after getting the vaccine?
“Hundreds of thousands of people have visited our site for reliable information from physicians about the COVID-19 vaccines,” added Dr. Baillie. “Some people want to learn more about the vaccines, while others just want to know when they will be eligible and to get notified when it’s their turn.”
Since launching four weeks ago, over 153,000 people have checked when they will be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine at ManitobaVaccine.ca. In addition to estimating when individuals can get the vaccine, the Doctors Manitoba service offers same-day eligibility notifications by email or text with up-to-date information about where to book an immunization appointment when it’s your turn. Family members or loved ones can also be signed up.
“Physicians are confident that all of the COVID-19 vaccines approved in Canada are safe and highly effective,” reassured Dr. Baillie. “The best vaccine is the first one you can get, because it will protect you against severe illness from a new disease for which there is no proven cure. A third wave of this pandemic is approaching, with variants that appear to be more serious among younger adults, so we urge Manitobans to sign up at ManitobaVaccine.ca and then to get the shot when it’s their turn.”