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FAQs about vaccines
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Are vaccines safe?
Yes. All approved vaccines are safe. Health Canada reviews the safety and effectiveness of all the COVID-19 vaccines and has determined through rigorous testing that the available vaccines are all safe and effective in preventing severe outcomes and death from COVID-19.
Are the vaccines effective against COVID-19 variants of concern?
The variants of concern (VOCs) that have been circulating in Manitoba and around the world are serious and have shown to increase rates of infection and hospitalization in younger populations. Early evidence suggests that vaccines are effective in preventing severe outcomes due to COVID-19 VOCs.
Are vaccines free?
Yes, all vaccines in Manitoba (and Canada) are administered free of charge.
Is getting two different COVID vaccines safe?
Yes. Not only is it safe, but it may even be more effective. Those who received the AstraZeneca as their first dose may receive either of the mRNA vaccines for their second dose, with some data noting that a stronger immune response occurs with an mRNA vaccine as the second dose after the AstraZeneca first dose.
Also, the mRNA vaccines can be mixed, in that if your first dose was with the Pfizer vaccine, you can receive the Moderna vaccine for your second dose and vice versa. We still expect a strong immune response with mixed mRNA vaccine doses.
The interchangeability of vaccines is nothing new and has been practiced for several decades with many existing non-COVID vaccines and is known to be safe and effective.
Can international students get vaccinated in Manitoba?
Yes, international students can book vaccination appointments immediately after arrival as long as their stay in Manitoba is at least 30 days. The vaccine will be provided at no cost and some form of government-issued ID such as a passport will have to be presented to receive the vaccine.
International students covered under the Manitoba International Student Health Plan (MISHP) must call 1-844-626-8222 to book their COVID-19 vaccination appointment. Unfortunately, online booking is not available for international students in Manitoba at this time.
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Book your COVID-19 booster shot
All adults (age 18+) can receive a booster shot (third dose) of a COVID-19 vaccine and it is strongly recommended to receive your booster as soon as you are eligible. Boosters are available at any location that offers the COVID-19 vaccine. A six-month timeframe between second and third doses continues to be recommended for most Manitobans. A shorter timeline is recommended for some groups. Visit the Province of Manitoba website for eligibility criteria and information on where to book a vaccine.
University Health Service is offering both Pfizer and Moderna boosters. Call 204-474-8411 to book an appointment.
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