Video series: “My Why” on getting the COVID-19 vaccine

Share why you are getting the COVID-19 vaccine by using the hashtag #MyWhy.

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Dr. Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada

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Dr. Tam: There are so many important reasons to get the COVID-19 vaccine. For me, protecting my parents is my top “my why”. Of course, keeping myself healthy and getting back to things that keep me fit, connected and having fun are runners up!

I know so many of us are looking forward to being able to spend time together with our friends and families and doing the things we enjoy. Be a vaccine ambassador, and share your “why.”

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Dr. Howard Njoo, Deputy Chief Public Health Officer of Canada

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Dr. Njoo: We all have different reasons for wanting to get vaccinated. Getting vaccinated means fewer people getting sick and I know I am making my community safer. My “why” for getting vaccinated is that I want to get back to cycling with my friends outside and the post-ride socializing

I know we all want to get back to the things we love. Be a vaccine ambassador, and share your “why.”

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Dr. Guillaume Poliquin, Acting Vice President, National Microbiology Laboratory

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Text on-screen: Dr. Guillaume Poliquin, Acting Vice President, National Microbiology Laboratory

Dr. Poliquin: I have many responsibilities. I am a father; I am a physician and I am a Canadian. And I have been vaccinated because that’s one of the ways I can protect my family; I can protect my patients and I can protect my community.

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Dr. Supriya Sharma, Chief Medical Advisor, Health Canada

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Text on-screen: Dr. Supriya Sharma, Chief Medical Advisor, Health Canada

Dr. Sharma: So when it’s my turn to get the vaccine, I absolutely will roll up my sleeve and not hesitate to take any of the vaccines that have been authorized by Health Canada. And the reason being, well one, I want to protect myself against COVID-19 and getting very sick from that which is a possibility, but more than that I want to protect others. And we know that the more people that we get vaccinated as soon as possible, the more that we’re all protected against COVID-19.

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Angela Spence-Bédard, Nurse Practitioner

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Text on-screen: Angela Spence-Bédard, Nurse practitioner, Nurse Practitioner Association of Canada

Angela Spence-Bédard: I don’t want to get sick, to tell you the truth. I want to protect myself if I can. So, I want to start an immune response in my own body so that I can prevent possible serious illness or a hospitalization.

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Dr. Noni E. MacDonald, Professor of Pediatrics, Infectious Diseases

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Text on-screen: Dr. Noni E. MacDonald, Professor of Pediatrics, Infectious Diseases, Dalhousie University

Dr. MacDonald:  I am a firm believer in the benefits of vaccines. So, of course I planned on getting the COVID vaccine as soon as I was eligible. I’m a healthcare worker and I’m old, so I was able to be immunized here in Nova Scotia in those categories in March. And I am so pleased to say that I’ve had both doses of my COVID vaccine. I think everybody should get immunized against COVID. This is a wicked virus that causes many bad infections and, as you all know, many people have died. It’s really important that all of us get immunized. Because I’m only safe if I’ve been immunized; if my family’s been immunized; if the people in my community have been immunized; the people in my province have been immunized; and the people all across the country and all the countries in the world are immunized. Why? Because all of our vaccines are not 100 percent effective. Just like, there’s no drug that’s 100 perfect. So, for us to all be protected, we need everybody across the globe protected and immunized against COVID. You can help by getting yourself immunized.

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Dr. Kal Belay, Acute Care and Minimally Invasive General Surgeon

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Text on-screen: Dr. Kal Belay, Acute Care and Minimally Invasive General Surgeon, William Osler Health System

Dr. Belay: I took the COVID-19 vaccine at the first opportunity I had for one main reason, to minimize my risk of severe COVID-19 disease. As a surgeon in a busy and at times heavily impacted community hospital, I saw first-hand what severe COVID disease does to our patients. It’s deadly, debilitating and, at times, leaves long lasting consequences. By taking the vaccine, I knew I would be protecting myself, my patients and my family so I do not become a burden on our heavily strained health care system if I were to get the disease. We need to work to protect ourselves, each other and our frontline workers as they battle to end this pandemic.

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