Pan-Canadian Vaccine Injury Support Program Announced

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The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has announced that they will be implementing a pan- Canadian no-fault vaccine injury support program for all vaccines that have been approved by Health Canada. Vaccines have to pass a thorough independent drug authorization program before being approved in Canada. Our drug authorization program is recognized around the world for its high standards and rigorous review process.

It is quite common to experience mild side effects after being vaccinated. Side effects can include injection site reactions (redness and/or soreness in the arm or leg where the injection was given) and even flu-like symptoms. The flu-like symptoms can occur because of the body's immune response to the vaccine as it works to build immunity to a disease. These side effects can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days.

Canada has a robust safety monitoring system for all vaccines that have been approved and are in use to alert public health authorities if there are changing trends or unusual adverse effects that were not previously reported. This monitoring system includes healthcare professionals, the vaccine manufacturers, the PHAC, Health Canada, and the individual province’s and territory's health authorities.

Even with this meticulous review process and the exacting standards in place for vaccine delivery, a small number of Canadians may experience a severe adverse reaction after being immunized. Serious adverse reactions to vaccines are exceedingly rare, with about one occurrence in 100,000 vaccinations to one in 1,000,000.

The new vaccine injury support program will provide fair access to support for all Canadians in the rare event that they have an adverse reaction to a vaccine. This program will bring Canada up to speed with similar programs already in place for our G7 allies. It will also ensure that our country remains competitive in our ability to access new vaccines as they become available.

Dean LaBerge, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Grizzly Gazette