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Understanding COVID-19 vaccines

Dr. Natalie Casaclang after getting vaccinated. Dr. Casaclang is a physician who trained in the Philippines before immigrating to Winnipeg in 2012. She has been a practicing family physician for the past three years and has been working in public health as a Medical Officer of Health for almost a year now.

by Lucille Nolasco

With three approved COVID-19 vaccines in Canada – Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca – and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine’s approval in the horizon, Canadians are hoping to return to some sort of normality in their lives. Now it’s only a matter of when a person actually receives a vaccine. Timelines for when specific age groups will be eligible vary depending on how much vaccine each province or territory receives from the federal government. As of March 29, all Manitobans aged 64 and older, and First Nations people 44 and older are now eligible for the vaccine.

However, as Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) is recommending provinces pause the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine on those under the age of 55 because of safety concerns, some people are hesitant to get any vaccine, or they want to get a specific vaccine.