The Government of Canada is starting to administer the Pfizer Vaccine. The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 mRNA vaccine (Tozinameran or BNT162b2) is used to prevent COVID-19.
The vaccine is approved for people who are 16 years of age and older.
The vaccine is given by an injection (0.3 mL) into the muscle of the arm. For the vaccine to work best, you need to get 2 doses: a single dose and then a second dose 21 days later.
Possible side effects are similar to what you might have with other vaccines, such as the flu vaccine. It included things like pain at the site of injection, body chills, feeling tired and feeling feverish. These are common side effects of vaccines and do not pose a risk to health.
As with all vaccines, there’s a chance that there will be a serious side effect, but these are rare, such as an allergic reaction. You should speak with your doctor/health professional about whether you have serious allergies before receiving the vaccine.
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