Answering your vaccine questions
Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 14/05/2021 (633 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Getting vaccinated is very important not only for you as an individual, but for all of us as a community.
I understand there are concerns and for some, these concerns are factoring into decisions around receiving the vaccine. If you are feeling concerned, please speak with a health-care professional because vaccines are safe, effective, and our new normal begins when we have reached our maximum number of people being vaccinated.
Manitoba vaccination rates are doing well, and chances are by the time you are reading this, you will be eligible to make an appointment.
All of Tyndall Park falls under community-based eligibility, which means everyone who is 12 and older, or working in specified jobs in the area, is now eligible to apply for and receive the COVID-19 vaccination.
Some of the questions I have been receiving via social media, email, and phone are around concerns if you can mix the vaccine with other medications and if you can receive the vaccine if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. The short answer is yes, but I recommend speaking with your physician about this and disclose this information to the nurse vaccinating you to ensure they are aware. Another frequent question I receive is, does a person need a Manitoba Health card to get vaccinated. The answer is no, and anyone booking your appointment can walk you through this.
It is important to know that even if you have already recovered from COVID-19, it is still recommended that you get vaccinated because people have been diagnosed with COVID more than once, especially with the new variants. The vaccine is the safest and most efficient way to immunity from the virus.
The topic of vaccine hesitancy is also very real. To those who are nervous or may have questions they need answered, please know we have supports in place to address these questions and any uneasy feelings you may have.
A wonderful resource right here in Tyndall Park is Norwest Community Health. If you can, I advise checking out their social media as they have been engaging with people in the community and really taking the time to explain and answer questions people have about the vaccine. I want to thank Norwest Co-op for their incredible work in the community that they continue to do and encourage people to use our resources and get the vaccine. Norwest can be reached by visiting them on social media at Norwest Co-op Community Health or calling them at 204-938-5900.
Please get the vaccine, if not for yourself, for your loved ones and everyone around you. And I know this is repetitive, but please continue to take precautions.
Lastly, we can’t say thank you enough.
Thank you everyone for the sacrifices you have been making. Everyone from working essential jobs, working in our health-care field, in our education system, to everyone who has had to refrain from visiting loved ones in long-term care homes, to students who are having to forgo graduations, to the public for wearing masks, practising physical distancing, sacrificing time with friends and family and encouraging these same behaviours around you — thank you all for everything you have done to get us through this pandemic.
Tyndall Park constituency report
Cindy Lamoureux is the Liberal MLA for Tyndall Park.