Information on the COVID-19 vaccine
For those considering the COVID-19 vaccination, our current advice is to follow the recommendations from Public Health.
In making a decision about whether to get vaccinated, each individual should weigh the risk vs. benefit for themselves.
All of the current data suggests that both vaccines that are currently available are considered very safe. It is likely that the risks associated with COVID-19 infection are significantly greater than any potential risk associated with the vaccines.
For this reason, the benefit of vaccination for most individuals far exceeds the risk.
There was an update on January 7th that Ontario will allow (encourage) pregnant or breastfeeding people to be vaccinated against COVID-19 according to new recommendations from Ontario Society of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (OSOG) and the Ontario Medical Association Section on Obstetrics and Gynaecology (OMG-OG).
As both vaccines currently available in Ontario, which are mRNA based are “not hypothesized to be a risk to breastfeeding infant” and should be offered. If you are not pregnant yet, it is likely that the benefit of getting vaccinated far outweighs any risk and we recommend that you get vaccinated if you have the chance. Prior to vaccination, all of the vaccination centers offer information about the vaccines and screen individuals for contraindications to vaccination.
If you have an allergy to one of the components of the vaccine or if you have had a previous adverse reaction to vaccination, please discuss this with the vaccination center.If you are interested in reading more about the COVID-19 vaccination, please see the following statement from the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada