Nearly a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada began approving vaccines for use in Canada. Now, we have several options to choose from when it comes to the COVID-19 vaccines.
Let’s take a look at which ones are available in Canada.
The Four Types of COVID Vaccines in Canada
The first vaccine approved for Canadian consumption was Pfizer-BioNTech. Clinical studies have shown that one week after the second shot, the vaccine is:
- 95% effective in protecting trial participants 16 years and older against COVID-19
- 100% effective in trial participants that are 12 to 15 years of age
This vaccine requires two doses, meaning Canadians will have to return for a follow-up appointment to get their second shot.
Health Canada has approved this vaccine for anyone over the age of twelve. The safety and effectiveness in people younger than this have yet to be determined.
Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)
Also known as the J&J vaccine, this option was approved by Health Canada in March of 2021. It has proven to be 66% effective against COVID-19 once two weeks have passed from the time of the injection.
The Janssen vaccine only requires one dose, meaning those selected to receive this vaccine only need to make one appointment.
This vaccine is allowed to be given to people 18 years of age or older. The safety and effectiveness in people younger than this have yet to be established.
Health Canada authorized the AstraZeneca vaccine in February of 2021. This vaccine has an effectiveness rate of 62% against COVID-19 once two weeks have passed from the time the second dose was administered.
Two doses are required for maximum effectiveness, so those Canadians who receive AstraZeneca will need to make a follow-up appointment to receive their second shot.
This vaccine has been approved for those 18 years of age and older. The safety and effectiveness in people younger than this have yet to be confirmed.
Moderna was the second COVID-19 vaccine to be approved by Canada Health back in December of 2020. It has proven to be 94.1% effective two weeks after the second dose is given.
This vaccine is most effective after two doses, so a follow-up appointment will need to be made to receive your second shot.
Moderna has been approved for those 18 years of age and older. The safety and effectiveness in people younger than 18 have yet to be determined.
Canada Health recommends taking whichever vaccine becomes available to you first. However, your doctor may suggest a specific type of vaccine for you.
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