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Health Unit: Information about getting COVID-19 and Influenza Vaccines

Leeds-Grenville, Lanark – The Health Unit is assuring residents that they don’t have to wait 28 days between a COVID-19 vaccine and another vaccine like influenza.

After reviewing the evolving evidence on COVID-19 vaccines and considering the extensive data and experience of giving other routine vaccines at the same time or within days of each other, National Advisory Committee on Immunization has determined that a precautionary approach is no longer necessary. (Read the full statement here; https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/immunization/national-advisory-committee-on-immunization-naci/recommendations-use-covid-19-vaccines/summary-updates-september-28-2021.html.

Early on in the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out, health experts cautioned with advice to wait both before and after any other immunizations when receiving the COVID vaccine in order to fully evaluate any possible reactions and to ensure that we were getting the optimal immune response and protection from the vaccine. There is now lots of information and data on the safety of COVID vaccines and we know that they can safely be given at or around the same time as other vaccines. Protect yourself and those around you from COVID, influenza and other vaccine-preventable illnesses as soon as you are able!

It is recommended to get immunized against influenza as well as COVID-19. They are 2 different vaccines protecting you from 2 different viruses, one vaccine won’t protect you from both COVID-19 and influenza; you need to get 2 doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine and 1 of influenza vaccine.

More information about flu season will be released in the coming weeks.

For more information about COVID-19, visit www.healthunit.org/coronavirus  or call 1-800-660-5853 x2499 Monday to Friday 8:30am – 4:30-pm. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter @LGLHealthunit or Instagram @lglhealthunit.z