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Now that the first COVID vaccine is here, what do I need to know?

The arrival of the first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine in Canada is a milestone that raises many questions and there's already a lot of misinformation out there. Dr. Caroline Quach, chair of Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI), gives us the science-based facts.
Health-care workers from long-term care homes hardest-hit by COVID-19 are among the first in Canada to receive the first doses of the new Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)

The largest immunization rollout in Canadian history has begun with the arrival of the first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. This milestone raises many questions, from why different people get the first shots in different provinces to concerns about potential allergic reactions or adverse side effects when our turn finally comes.

Plus, there's already a lot of misinformation out there.

Dr. Caroline Quach, chair of Canada's National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI), joins The Dose host Dr. Brian Goldman to answer those questions, give us the science-based facts about what we know — and what we don't —and debunk the most common misconceptions about the new vaccine. 

You can read NACI's recommendations on the use of the COVID-19 vaccine here

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