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COVID-19 Vaccination Frequently Asked Questions

Click here for information on Horizon's COVID-19 vaccination clinics.

COVID-19 vaccinations

The more people who are immunized against COVID-19, the harder it is for the virus to spread. Learn more about getting vaccinated with the Frequently Asked Questions below, and do your part by getting fully vaccinated. 

Frequently Asked Questions

GENERAL

GETTING YOUR VACCINE


GENERAL

Q: How does the COVID-19 vaccine work to protect us?

 A:  COVID-19 vaccines teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. mRNA vaccines provide instructions to your cells for how to make a coronavirus protein. Viral vector vaccines use a virus that's been made harmless to produce coronavirus proteins in your body without causing disease. Both will trigger an immune response that will help to protect you against COVID-19.

 It typically takes 2 weeks after vaccination (second dose) for the body to build protection (immunity) against the virus that causes COVID-19. That means it is possible a person could still get COVID-19 before or just after vaccination and then get sick because the vaccine did not have enough time to build protection. So it is important to continue to  protect yourself and others from COVID-19 even once immunized. For more information about vaccination to achieve community immunity, visit Health Canada.

Q: Can you still contract and spread the virus once immunized?

A:  Vaccination is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread and reduce the impact of infectious diseases. COVID-19 vaccines are effective at protecting you from getting COVID-19, especially severe illness and death. COVID-19 vaccines also reduce the risk of people spreading the virus that causes COVID-19.

According to the CDC, infections happen in only a small proportion of people who are fully vaccinated, even with the Delta variant. When these infections occur among vaccinated people, they tend to be mild.

People with weakened immune systems, including people who take immunosuppressive medications, may not be protected even if fully vaccinated and may need to keep taking all precautions to prevent COVID-19 disease. You should talk to your healthcare provider.

Q: How safe is the COVID-19 vaccine?

A: Vaccines are safe. Health Canada authorizes vaccines only after an independent and thorough scientific review for safety, effectiveness and quality.

The vaccines cannot give you COVID-19 because they don't contain the virus that causes it, and they cannot change your DNA.

For more information, including a list of authorized vaccines such as Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and AstraZeneca, visit Health Canada online.

Additional Health Canada resources:

Q: Where can I find reliable information?

A:  There is misinformation and speculation surfacing online, which is a common reaction in situations like this. Please rely on only credible sources for information from:

Misinformation can create unnecessary panic for both our patients and staff, which ties up our resources. Please help us share reliable information from these sites.

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GETTING YOUR VACCINE

Q: Who is eligible?

A:  New Brunswickers over the age of 12 are eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Information for parents, caregivers or legal guardians: it is preferred that parents/legal guardians consent to immunizations for minors younger than 16.  For more information on consent for COVID-19 vaccination can be found here.

Q: How old do I need to be to consent to COVID-19 vaccination without parental consent?

A: Under New Brunswick's Medical Consent for Minors Act, a minor under the age of 16 is capable of giving consent to be immunized if an attending legally qualified medical practitioner, nurse practitioner or nurse determines that the minor:

  • understands the nature and the consequences of a medical treatment; and
  • the medical treatment and the procedure to be used is in the best interests of the minor and the minor's continuing health and well-being.

For more information, read Mature Minor Consent for COVID-19 Immunization or visit the Government of New Brunswick's COVID-19 Vaccines website.

Q: How do I find a COVID-19 vaccination clinic near me?

A:  Click here for information on Horizon's COVID-19 vaccination clinics.

Vaccination  appointments can be scheduled online by  clicking here Walk-ins may be available at some vaccination clinics on a first come, first serve basis.

Q: Are masks still mandatory at vaccination clinics?

A: Yes, masks are required at all of Horizon's COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics. Watch this video for a tour of what to expect when you arrive for your vaccine.

Q: What can I expect at the clinic?

A: To get an idea of what going to a Horizon vaccination clinic, check this video out. Be ready for your appointment by bringing your Medicare card, wearing a short-sleeved shirt or a shirt with sleeves that can easily be rolled up, bringing a mask with you, and arriving on time. You can expect to stay at least 15 minutes after your vaccine.

If this is your second dose, bring your Record of Immunization (If you have lost your Record of Immunization, see details  here).

Follow signage and instruction to complete the registration process, get your vaccine, and wait in the observation area.

Please be patient, even with appointments the clinic could be running behind schedule.

Q: What if I need special accommodations?

A:  We can accommodate individuals with special circumstances/needs, such as giving the vaccination in vehicles. If you have mobility issues, are unable to wear a mask, have young children with you, or feel overstimulated with big crowds, please let us know when you arrive for your vaccination.

Q: How do I cancel or reschedule my vaccination appointment? 

A: If you are no longer able to attend the appointment at a clinic organized by Horizon, you may cancel or reschedule the appointment.

  • If you have the Booking ID (found in the appointment confirmation email) and the date of birth of the person scheduled to receive the vaccine, you can cancel AND reschedule the appointment by  clicking here.
  • If you don't have the Booking IDor date of birth, you can cancel the appointment by filling out the  following form OR by calling 1-833-437-1424 to reach someone who will assist you in cancelling or rescheduling your appointment.

The earlier you can provide notification, the better. By cancelling your appointment as soon as possible, you may be helping someone else in your community get vaccinated sooner against COVID-19.

Q: What is the Record of COVID-19 Immunization?

A:  The paper Record of COVID-19 Immunization provided from vaccination clinics is and will continue to be your official record.

If you have lost your Record of COVID-19 Immunization and you require a replacement copy, provided you have an NB Medicare number, you may now view and print your Record of COVID-19 Immunization online through MyHealthNB.

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