Covid-19 vaccine (pfizer-biontech) - injection
Covid-19 vaccine (pfizer-biontech) - injection
Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is used to protect you against coronavirus disease, also known as COVID-19. You can get more information from your health care professional via the FDA Fact Sheet for Recipients and Caregivers, the Health Canada Patient Medication Information, or the Informed Consent Form for a study.
Vaccines may not fully protect everyone who receives them. However, studies show that this vaccine helps protect most people who receive it against COVID-19. The vaccine may help you fight the virus if you are exposed to it later. The vaccine may prevent the illness, or reduce the seriousness of it.
Read all vaccine information available from your health care professional before receiving the vaccine. If you have any questions, ask your health care professional.
This vaccine is given by injection into a muscle by a health care professional. It is usually given in the upper arm. For young children, it is usually given in the upper thigh. Closely follow the vaccination schedule provided by the health care professional. It may help to mark a calendar as a reminder. Keep all scheduled medical appointments.
Vaccine injections may cause pain, redness, or swelling at the injection site. Tiredness, headache, fever, muscle/joint pain, chills, or swollen lymph nodes may also occur. If any of these effects occur, tell your health care professional promptly.
Rarely, temporary symptoms such as fainting/dizziness/lightheadedness, vision changes, numbness/tingling, or seizure-like movements have happened after vaccine injections. Tell your health care professional right away if you have any of these symptoms soon after receiving an injection. Sitting or lying down may relieve symptoms.
Remember that this vaccine has been prescribed because your health care professional has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this vaccine do not have serious side effects.
There have been rare reports of swelling of the heart muscle (myocarditis) or the lining of the heart (pericarditis) that occurred within a few days after receiving this vaccine, especially after the second dose. If you notice any of the following symptoms, get medical help right away:
A very serious allergic reaction to this vaccine is rare. Get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including:
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your health care professional.
Contact the doctor for medical advice about side effects. The following numbers do not provide medical advice, but in the US you may report side effects to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) at 1-800-822-7967. In Canada, you may call the Vaccine Safety Section at Public Health Agency of Canada at 1-866-844-0018.
Before you receive this vaccine, tell the health care professional if you are allergic to it; or to any other vaccines; or to polysorbate; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients (such as polyethylene glycol), which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before receiving this vaccine, tell your health care professional your medical history, especially of:
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant before using this vaccine.
It is unknown if this vaccine passes into breast milk. Consult your health care professional before breast-feeding.
Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your health care professional. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.
Keep all regular medical and lab appointments.
If you are given a COVID-19 Vaccination Card by the health care professional, keep the vaccination card. You may be required to share this information to help protect public health.
It is important that you get each vaccination as scheduled. Ask when you should get each dose, and make a note on your calendar. If you miss a dose, ask your health care professional right away for a new dosing schedule.
Not applicable. This vaccine is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.
HOW TO USE THIS INFORMATION: This is a summary and does NOT have all possible information about this product. This information does not assure that this product is safe, effective, or appropriate for you. This information is not individual medical advice and does not substitute for the advice of your health care professional. Always ask your health care professional for complete information about this product and your specific health needs.
Information last revised June 2023.
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