Ask the experts COVID-19 vaccines questions: Safety, ingredients and side effects

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Can the COVID-19 vaccines affect fertility?

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  • Dr. Darine El-Chaâr
  • Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist
  • The Ottawa Hospital

The doctor responds to the person’s question.

Dr. Darine El-Chaâr: Multiple independent studies have shown that there is no evidence that COVID-19 vaccines cause fertility issues for anyone.

If you are pregnant, even early on, you are at a higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Evidence shows that mRNA COVID-19 vaccines are safe and recommended if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding.

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Are there any ingredients in the COVID-19 vaccines that I should be concerned about?

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  • Dr. Ayesha Raza
  • Family Physician, Women’s Health Specialist
  • Centre Francophone de Toronto

The doctor responds to the question.

Dr. Ayesha Raza: Research and testing have shown the ingredients in the COVID-19 vaccines to be safe. They leave the body shortly after vaccination, like with all vaccines.

And as with all vaccines, COVID-19 vaccines teach the body’s immune system to recognize and attack the virus that causes COVID-19 and helps to protect you if you’re exposed to the virus in the future.

There are small amounts of ingredients in the vaccines and each one has a specific purpose to make the vaccine work. The ingredient list for each vaccine is available online.

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Can I get a different vaccine for my second dose? Are there any possible new side effects?

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  • Dr. Anne Pham-Huy
  • Paediatric Infectious Diseases Specialist
  • Chair, Immunize Canada

The doctor responds to the person's question.

Dr. Anne Pham-Huy: It's important for people to get their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as they're eligible. This will help protect them against COVID-19 and its variants.

mRNA vaccines can be used interchangeably, meaning either can be used as a second dose. mRNA vaccines use the same technology and provide excellent protection.

Now if you received the AstraZeneca vaccine for your first dose, it is recommended that you get an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine for your second dose, and this has been studied and proven to be safe and efficacious.

However, there is a possibility of increased short-term side effects when mixing COVID-19 vaccines, and this can include, maybe, your arm is more sore, more headaches, a bit of fatigue, and feeling ill. But luckily, these side effects are temporary and resolve without complications.

Vaccine interchangeability is not a new concept. Similar vaccines from different manufacturers have been used for a number of diseases when vaccine supply or public health programs change.

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How do we know the COVID-19 vaccines are safe?

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  • Dr. Upton D. Allen
  • Bastable-Potts Chair in Infectious Diseases Research
  • Hospital for Sick Children

The doctor responds to the person's question.

Dr. Upton D. Allen: The COVID-19 vaccines were rigorously tested during their development and carefully reviewed by Health Canada. After people have received the vaccines, real-world effectiveness and safety are monitored. Any safety concerns are expected to be very rare.

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Do COVID-19 vaccines have side effects?

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  • Dr. Noni E. MacDonald
  • Professor of Pediatrics, Infectious Diseases
  • Dalhousie University and IWK Health Centre

The doctor responds to the person's question.

Dr. Noni E. MacDonald: Serious reactions to the COVID-19 vaccine are rare, but mild to moderate reactions are common, such as pain or redness at the injection site, a mild fever, headache, tiredness, muscle aches....

Don't worry.

These are expected responses to the vaccine, and last only a few days.

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Are COVID-19 vaccines considered Halal?

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  • Dr. Ayesha Raza
  • Family Physician, Women’s Health Specialist
  • Centre Francophone de Toronto

The doctor responds to the question.

Dr. Ayesha Raza: Both the Muslim Medical Association of Canada and the Canadian Council of Imams have taken the position that the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca Oxford COVISHIELD COVID-19 vaccines are Halal and permissible in the Islamic faith.

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Do the COVID-19 vaccines contain pork or pork products?

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  • Dr. Ayesha Raza
  • Family Physician, Women’s Health Specialist
  • Centre Francophone de Toronto

The doctor responds to the question.

Dr. Ayesha Raza: No, the COVID-19 vaccines that are currently authorized in Canada do not contain any gelatin or pork products.

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