Coronavirus (COVID-19): vaccinate NS

Getting vaccinated is safe and easy. COVID-19 vaccine information to help get the word out and help your friends and family get vaccinated.

Vaccines are safe, effective and save lives. When you get vaccinated, you’re protecting yourself and helping prevent the spread of COVID-19 to your family, friends and community.

Safety and effectiveness

COVID-19 vaccines must be approved for use by Health Canada and go through clinical trials and safety checks. Vaccines approved for use in Canada meet strict standards for safety, quality and effectiveness.

Facts about the vaccine

What you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine for Canada. Factsheet for Canadians about the effectiveness, safety and why you should get vaccinated from Government of Canada – The facts about COVID-19 vaccines.

Video series to answer questions about getting the vaccine – Know the Facts. Get the Vax (YouTube).

How COVID-19 vaccines are developed

Animated video and transcript of how COVID-19 vaccines are developed quickly but safely – watch video (YouTube).

Pregnant or breastfeeding

Facts about getting the COVID-19 vaccine to help you make an informed choice about whether to get the COVID vaccine while you're pregnant, trying to get pregnant or breastfeeding – COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Pregnant or Breastfeeding Individuals (IWK Health Centre) and a video about COVID-19 vaccine and pregnancy.

Vaccine benefits

Overview of the benefits of getting a COVID-19 vaccine from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Vaccine side effects

Explanation of the possible side effects of COVID-19 vaccines from Health Canada. After being vaccinated, it's common and normal to have temporary side effects like sore muscles and feeling tired. Side effects are normal. It means the vaccine is working and teaching your body how to fight the virus. Side effects usually last from a few hours to a few days after vaccination.

Vaccine safety for children and youth

COVID-19 vaccines for children and youth must be approved for use by Health Canada and go through clinical trials and safety checks. Vaccines approved for use in Canada meet strict standards for safety, quality and effectiveness.

COVID-19 vaccine for children and youth

Information for families about the safety and benefits of COVID-19 vaccines for children and teenagers (Canadian Pediatric Society).

Helping your child get ready for their vaccine

Vaccination resources for youth and families

Help prepare your child to get the vaccine

Tips to help you prepare your child (PDF) to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Managing needle fears

Tips and resources for making vaccination more comfortable if you’re nervous about needles (IWK Health Centre).