covid 19 vaccines
Safe and reliable vaccines can help protect you and your family from covid 19.
They will be an important tool to help stop the spread of the virus and allow individuals, families and workers to safely resume normal life. The coronavirus (covid 19) vaccine does not cause a coronavirus infection. It helps to build up your immunity to the virus, so your body will fight it off more easily if it affects you.
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
- Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) – approved on March 5, 2021
Understanding how covid 19 vaccines are approved, how they work and possible side effects is important.
What you can do now
Until vaccines are more widely available, we must all continue to follow public health measures to help stop the spread of covid 19:
Follow the rules for your area
Stay home – save lives and don’t put others at risk
Practise physical distancing – stay 2 metres away from anyone who is not in your household
Wear a mask or face covering in public spaces and when physical distancing isn’t possible
Take a self-assessment to help you decide if you need a covid 19 test
Download the COVID Alert mobile app to protect yourself and your community
Find sector-specific resources to prevent covid 19 in the workplace
Stay up-to-date with the latest information about covid 19 in Ontario