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THE STRESS ABOUT COVID-19 VACCINES

by Vicky Boateng

Trauma ICU Registered Nurse, Toronto, Ontario

IG: @vicboat

The COVID 19 pandemic has rippled through the world and forced us all to adjust to quarantine life and new norms. While trying to adjust to this new way of living, waves of anxiety have come crashing through. I think it is safe to say that almost everyone in this past year has felt some form of anxiety due to this pandemic. The newest stressor I have been hearing from people is regarding the vaccine. Some are stressed about the length of time it took to figure out the right cocktail, others are nervous about the side effects. On the other hand, some are fearful there won’t be enough to go around. Although I am not an expert on vaccines, I want to help reduce the amount of stress people might be feeling about the debut of the vaccine and help redirect you to sources that can help ease your mind.

As reported on the news from Health Canada there are two pharmaceutical brands that rolled out the vaccine in December 2020— Pfizer and Moderna. These two vaccines are being rolled out as a 2 step process, where you get two separate shots that are administered 3-4 weeks apart from one another. The roll out will be broken down in phases focusing on vaccinating frontline workers from long term care/retirement homes and hospitals first. As stated on the COVID- 19 Ontario (2020) website, “Based on per capita allocations, the government is receiving  approximately 90,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine from the federal government.” 

When it comes to  concerns of the safety of the vaccine, it also means that collaboration between various research labs and experts has been crucial. They have all been working collectively to create and ensure a safe vaccine that can be disturbed to the public. COVID -19 Ontario (2020) website states,“the progress on COVID-19 vaccines is happening quickly for many reasons, including: international collaboration among scientists, health professionals, researchers, industry and governments, dedicated funding.” 

My general recommendation would be for anyone looking into getting the vaccine or trying out a new medication, to always do your research and consult with your family physician first. If you do not have a family doctor, many other resources exist that you  can  reach out to: Telehealth Ontario, your local pharmacist, and your local public health office.. 

 

Here is a list of helpful websites that will help answer frequently asked questions and may help with anxiety around the vaccine.

 

Ontario public health:
https://covid-19.ontario.ca/covid-19-vaccines-ontario#approving-vaccines-in-canada

perhaps list Telehealth Ontario phone number since it was referenced in the article
Moderna
https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/drugs-health-products/covid19-industry/drugs-vaccines-treatments/vaccines/moderna.html

 

Pfizer:

https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/drugs-health-products/covid19-industry/drugs-vaccines-treatments/vaccines/pfizer-biontech.html

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