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COVID-19 Vaccine: Frequently Asked Questions

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JAN 19
Luke Macleod from JBCCS speaks with Dr. Colleen Fuller
• Update on contact tracing investigation
• What does it mean to recover from a COVID-19 infection
• Why vaccination is an extra layer of protection, but does not replace precautionary measures (physical distancing, wearing a mask, handwashing).
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Where can I be vaccinated in my community?

How can I get my COVID-19 vaccine?

  • Visit your local CMC webpage to view vaccination clinic schedules.
  • If you are self-isolating and want to get vaccinated, call your local CMC to make an appointment.
  • First doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are still available in each community.
  • The Cree Health Board is unlikely to receive a shipment of 2nd doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine until at least March 2021. 
  • Stay tuned for more information about when you can expect to receive your 2nd dose. Canadian and provincial public health authorities are determining the best vaccine schedule for the second dose. 
  • Vaccination schedules often change as more research is done and more knowledge is gained.


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.


Is the Moderna vaccine effective against the variants?

  • Experts say the COVID-19 vaccines already developed and approved, like the Moderna vaccine, will work against the currently identified variants of concern of the coronavirus.
  • However, the effectiveness may be reduced for some variants including the South Africa variant. 
  • Scientists are now working to precisely measure the effectiveness of currently authorized vaccines, including the Moderna one, against the most important variants. 
  • For now, vaccines remain the most effective measure of protecting yourself against symptomatic and severe COVID-19, including the disease caused by the variants.
  • Precautionary measures, like vaccination, physical distancing, and wearing a mask, will continue to protect us from COVID-19 variants.


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.
  • They can be more common after the second dose of the vaccine.
  • 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

Answers to your questions: Prevention, what to do if you get sick, travel advice, elders, children, mental health, and policy recommendations.

Eeyou Istchee COVID-19 Info-line - Call (9 am-6 pm) or inbox @creehealth on Facebook. Leave your name & number.

Wiichihiiwaauwin (Mental Health) Helpline - 24/7. Cree speakers and Elders are available upon request


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. 


Last modified: February 23, 2021

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