FAQ

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COVID-19 vaccine booster doses (general)

Can I get one of the original mRNA COVID-19 vaccines instead of a bivalent vaccine for my fall booster dose?
What vaccine will I be offered for my fall booster?
Who should get a fall booster?
Can I get my fall booster sooner than 6 months after my primary series or previous booster?
Will my booster dose still be effective if I got it less than 3 months after infection? What if I got my booster dose and then tested positive the next day?
I recently had COVID-19. How long should I wait for my booster dose?
Should I get a fall booster if I already had a 2nd booster?

Bivalent COVID-19 vaccines (general)

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

Getting the COVID-19 vaccine (general)

I'm visiting BC from another province. Can I get a COVID-19 booster while I am here?
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 COVID-19 vaccines be given at the same time as other vaccines?
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)

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)

Where can I find a list of the ingredients in the COVID-19 vaccines currently approved for use in Canada?
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?
Do COVID-19 vaccines contain fetal cells? Were abortions performed to make the vaccines?

COVID-19 vaccination & pregnancy & breastfeeding (general)

Does the COVID-19 vaccine affect fertility?
Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe for pregnant people, people who are planning a pregnancy, and people who are breastfeeding?