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Are there any long-term side effects from the vaccine?

Doctors and scientists are confident in the long-term safety of the COVID-19 vaccines for several reasons.

First, these are not new vaccine technology. For example, Scientists have been studying and working with mRNA vaccines for decades. mRNA vaccines have been studied before for flu, Zika, rabies, and cytomegalovirus (CMV), and for cancer treatments. Decades of studying mRNA have shown no long-term side-effects. 

Second, negative effects generally occur within 6 weeks of receiving the vaccine. The vaccines have now been in use for almost three years with billions of doses administered around the world.

Third, we are very confident in the track record of Canada’s vaccine approval and safety monitoring system. Overall, this means that the end data and safety tests for COVID-19 vaccines are exactly the same as other vaccines that have been approved in Canada for decades. Canada’s system has proven time and again that the data necessary to get through the approval process is sufficient to prove safety, even for the long-term.

When considering long-term risks, a COVID-19 infection is a much more serious concern. The virus is resulting in long-term damage to lungs and other organs, and causing many other complications. This is called post-COVID-19 syndrome, or long COVID, and it’s one of the reasons why doctors recommend getting vaccinated.

Further Reading:

Long-term side effects: what we know (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia)