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COVID-19 Vaccine: Frequently Asked Questions

Audio file
January 14, 2021
Luke Macleod from JBCCS speaks with Dr. Marie-Jo Ouimet, Director of Regional Public Health
*Moderna vaccine's safety, recommendations, and common side effects
*Vaccination campaign rollout in Eeyou Istchee - who can get vaccination?
*What kind of protection does vaccination give us in the context of the pandemic?
*Why do we have to continue following precautionary measures after vaccination?

The video below contains information that has since been updated. Breastfeeding women and people with suppressed immune systems are able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. For the most updated information, please refer to the frequently asked questions below.

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Navigate to chapters in the video for specific questions and answers. 


When is the COVID-19 vaccination coming to my community?

  • COVID-19 vaccine will arrive as early as Saturday, January 16 for all of Eeyou Istchee.
  • The shipments will include enough doses of the Moderna vaccine to meet the first dose needs for residents of all 9 communities.
  • The regional vaccination campaign in Eeyou Istchee will officially start once the doses are delivered.

Is the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine safe? Is it effective?

  • COVID-19 vaccines will save lives.
  • The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective in preventing COVID-19 infection.
  • Health Canada approved the Moderna vaccine for people aged 18 and older on December 23, 2020.
  • COVID-19 vaccines that are approved for use have already been tested in large studies, with thousands of people of different ages, and with different medical conditions.
  • As the COVID-19 vaccines roll-out, researchers will continue to monitor people closely.

What are the side effects of the vaccine?

  • Symptoms such as pain at the injection site, fatigue, fever and chills are possible after vaccination and are proof that our body is responding.
  • These reactions are usually mild or moderate, and clear up within a few days.
  • Severe allergic reactions are rare.

Do I need to still wear a mask after I am vaccinated?

  • Yes - Even after being vaccinated, we recommend you continue to respect precautionary measures in place in your community to prevent the spread of the virus.
  • It takes time for your body to build immunity after vaccination – about 2 weeks after the first dose.
  • Experts need to understand more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide before changing recommendations about precautionary measures like wearing masks, limiting gatherings, and physical distancing.
  • It will take time to vaccinate everyone who wants it, to assess how effective the vaccine will be, and how long the immune protection it gives will last.


More answers to your questions

Eeyou Istchee COVID-19 Info-line - Call or inbox @creehealth on Facebook. Leave your name & number.

Wiichihiiwaauwin Helpline - 24/7. Cree speakers and Elders are available upon request



Last modified: January 14, 2021

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