Vaccines are safe, effective and the best way to protect you and those around you from serious illnesses like COVID-19.
Vaccines work with your immune system so your body will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed. The COVID-19 vaccine does not cause a COVID-19 infection. It helps to build up your immunity to the virus, so your body will fight it off more easily if it affects you.
This can reduce your risk of developing COVID-19 and make your symptoms milder if you do get it.
Learn more about the safety of COVID-19 vaccines, how they work and possible side effects by visiting Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccine safety website.
After independent and thorough scientific reviews for safety, efficacy and quality, Health Canada has approved four vaccines for use in Canada:
- Pfizer-BioNTech – approved on December 9, 2020
- Moderna – approved on December 23, 2020
- AstraZeneca – approved on February 26, 2021 (first doses are paused by the Government of Ontario out of an abundance of caution)
- Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) – approved on March 5, 2021
Understanding how COVID-19 vaccines are approved, how they work and possible side effects is important. Learn more by visiting Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccine safety website.
Carleton’s Health and Counselling Services has completed the first round of the COVID-19 vaccine clinic. We will advise the Carleton community when we receive an additional supply of vaccines to continue running the clinic.