Two COVID-19 vaccines have been approved by Health Canada through their world-class, strong review process. Both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines have greater that 94% effectiveness, which is as good as the best vaccines for any disease. In the randomized trial of the Pfizer vaccine, people who were vaccinated were about 20 times less likely to get sick with COVID-19 than those who were not vaccinated. (In other words, that is impressive!)
Over 70,000 people were involved in the vaccine trials. The mRNA technology used to build the approved vaccines has been around since the early 1990s. At this time, millions of people around the world have received a COVID-19 vaccine. Health Canada is continuing to examine safety and effectiveness data as the vaccines roll out.
The following primary care organizations support the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines:
- Alliance for Healthier Communities
- Association of Family Health Teams of Ontario
- Indigenous Primary Health Care Council
- Nurse Practitioners’ Association of Ontario
- Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic Association
- Ontario College of Family Physicians
- Ontario Medical Association Section on General and Family Practice
- Ontario’s Academic Chairs of Family Medicine
Phase 1 of the Ontario vaccination rollout plan is now underway in a limited number of locations. Vaccines are currently being provided to the following people:
- Staff and residents of long-term care (LTC), retirement homes co-located with LTC homes or those with memory units.
- Residents of long-term care, retirement homes and other congregate living settings
- Health-care workers
- First Nations Inuit and Metis populations
- Adult recipients of chronic home care services
More Canadians will be vaccinated in the upcoming months. Updates and timelines will be posted on the Grand Bend Area Community Health Centre (GBACHC) website and social media pages.
More questions about the vaccines? Patients of the GBACHC are welcome to schedule a time to discuss it with their GBACHC primary care provider.