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Are the COVID vaccines safe?

Yes, physicians are confident that the COVID vaccines approved for use in Canada are very safe. It is much safer to get immunized than to get COVID-19, which can cause serious illness or death.

While developed more rapidly than past vaccines, safety was still a top priority. The safety of the vaccines was proven in large clinical trials. There is now even more evidence of their safety with over 3 billion doses administered worldwide. 

Health Canada’s approval process is rigorous. With nearly 100 different vaccines in development, Canada has so far approved four that have all of the necessary clinical trials and safety data. These four vaccines have each been independently reviewed and approved in many other countries. Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada continue to monitor the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines, providing regular updates.

As Dr. Joss Reimer explained recently, “we know more about vaccine safety than we do about any other medical intervention in the world.” (March 3, 2021)

You can learn more about the safety of the COVID vaccines from:

Health Canada: Vaccine Safety after Authorization

Health Canada: Vaccine Safety Monitoring

Johns Hopkins University: Is the COVID-19 Vaccine Safe?

COVID-19: Vaccine Safety (World Health Organization)

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