FAQ

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COVID-19 vaccine booster doses (general)

Who should get a COVID-19 booster?
I recently had COVID-19. How long should I wait for my booster dose?
When can I get my fall booster dose?
Should I have a fall booster even if I already had my 2nd booster?
I am eligible to get my booster but haven't received and invitation to book. What should I do?

Bivalent COVID-19 vaccines (general)

What is a "bivalent" COVID-19 vaccine?
Can I get the Moderna bivalent vaccine for my primary series (1st or 2nd dose)?
Is the Moderna bivalent COVID-19 vaccine effective against Omicron BA.4 and BA.5?

Getting the COVID-19 vaccine (general)

My children and I were immunized outside of BC or Canada. What should we do? Are our vaccines valid?

COVID-19 vaccine schedules & timing (general)

Can the COVID-19 vaccine be given at the same time as other vaccines, such as the influenza (flu) vaccine?
Who should get a three-dose primary series?

COVID-19 vaccination records (general)

How can I get a record of my COVID-19 vaccinations?

Safety of COVID-19 vaccines (general)

I am recovering from an illness Is it safe to get the COVID-19 vaccine?
How were COVID-19 vaccines developed and approved so quickly? How do we know they are safe?
Are the spike proteins generated by the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines harmful?
Is it safe to get the COVID-19 vaccine if I use marijuana/cannabis? Does it matter if it is edibles, smoked, etc.?

COVID-19 vaccine side effects (general)

How do I report a serious reaction to a COVID-19 vaccine?
Are there long-term side effects caused by mRNA COVID-19 vaccines?

COVID-19 vaccine ingredients (general)

Are there any animal products (including pork) in the mRNA or viral vector vaccines COVID-19 vaccines?
Are there blood products in any of the COVID-19 vaccines?
Where can I find a list of the ingredients in the COVID-19 vaccines currently authorized for use in Canada?
Do COVID-19 vaccines contain fetal cells? Were abortions performed to make the vaccines?

COVID-19 vaccination & pregnancy & breastfeeding (general)

Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe for people who are pregnant, trying to get pregnant, or breastfeeding?
How can I protect my unborn baby from COVID-19?
If I get the COVID-19 vaccine while pregnant does the immunity offer protection after the baby is born?
Does the COVID-19 vaccine affect menstruation?
Does the COVID-19 vaccine affect fertility?
If I am vaccinated and breastfeeding, do I pass on COVID-19 immunity to my baby?