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Considerations before getting the COVID-19 vaccine

At this time, you should not get the COVID-19 vaccine if:

  • You currently have COVID-19 symptoms (it is recommended that individuals with symptoms get a COVID-19 test instead of booking an appointment to get the vaccine). 
  • You have ever had a severe allergic reaction (i.e. anaphylaxis) to a previous dose of an mRNA vaccine or to any of its components (including polyethylene glycol). If you are unsure if you are allergic to one of the components in the vaccine, talk to a health care provider (information about the components of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine). 
  • You have received another vaccine in the 14 days before getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

Please answer the following questions to determine if you belong to a special patient group:

  •  Do you have autoimmune conditions or are immunocompromised (due to disease or treatment)?
  • Have you ever had severe allergic reactions or any type of immediate allergic reaction to a vaccine or injectable therapy? 
  • Are you pregnant?

If you answered YES to any of the above questions you MUST review the information that applies to you in vaccination recommendations for special populations BEFORE booking your appointment. 

In some cases you may be required to confirm that you have received education and counselling from a health care provider (familiar with your circumstance/condition).

Page last modified: March 12, 2021

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