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COVID-19: Vaccinations

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Frequently Asked Questions

I am not a member of a priority group, and understand it will be some time before I get my vaccine. What steps do I need to take to ensure I receive one, when it is my time?

New Brunswick's approach is in alignment with the Public Health Agency of Canada's COVID-19 Immunization Plan: Saving Lives and Livelihoods as well as a New Brunswick sequenced rollout plan to ensure that the appropriate vaccines are made available to people at the right time. Click here to read more about the Government of New Brunswick's involvement in global efforts to provide vaccines that are safe and effective.

How safe is the COVID-19 vaccine?

Health Canada authorizes vaccines after an independent and thorough scientific review for safety, effectiveness and quality. For more information on this process, including a list of authorized vaccines such as Moderna and Pfizer, click here.

What is the difference between the Moderna and the Pfizer vaccine?

Both vaccines appear to have similar efficacy, and both were developed using the newest approaches. No matter where the vaccines are produced, Canada has very high standards set for vaccine and Health Canada only authorizes vaccines in Canada after a thorough and independent review of the scientific evidence.

How is the COVID-19 vaccine given?

Vaccines are administered intramuscularly in the deltoid muscle (in the arm).

Why are the vaccines being administered without gloves? Shouldn't full personal protective equipment (PPE) be worn?

Gloves and other personal protective equipment are not recommended for most vaccination administration, including the COVID-19 vaccine, unless there is a risk to come into contact with potentially infectious body fluids such as through cuts on their hands.

COVID-19 vaccination update

Each person being vaccinated requires two doses. To highlight the vaccination effort, updates will be posted once a week on the COVID-19 dashboard available at:

Weekly updates will include the number of doses of vaccine received, the number of doses administered, the number of doses held to serve as the second dose and the number of people fully vaccinated.

Where can I find reliable information?

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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