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Addressing COVID-19 vaccine hesitancies within the McMaster Community

May 18, 2021

The Student Wellness Centre (SWC) has created a campaign to address COVID-19 vaccine hesitancies within the McMaster community. There are a range of reasons why some folks are hesitant to get vaccinated. For instance, some people are worried about vaccine-related risks, and others do not see the benefits of getting the vaccine. These hesitancies are understandable, especially with the competing vaccine-related information online. Below we've addressed a few of the common hesitancies. 

Should young adults get vaccinated?

It’s important to protect yourself and others from the potential complications from COVID-19 by getting vaccinated, regardless of
your age. Young people are more likely to contract and transmit the virus because they encounter more people at their employment or educational settings. To learn more, visit

Do the vaccines give you COVID-19?

COVID-19 vaccine side effects such as fever and pain are not uncommon. These are normal signs that the vaccine is helping to build your immunity against COVID-19. Your side effects should go away after a few days. If you experience severe or prolonged side effects, please contact a healthcare provider for guidance.

Do I need the vaccine if I've had COVID-19?

People who have had COVID-19 should still get vaccinated. If you've recovered from COVID-19, your body has developed some natural protective antibodies against the virus. However, this protection may not be as effective as vaccination. It is also unknown how long this protection lasts, as there have been rare cases of reinfection. Before you book your appointment, ask your healthcare provider when you should get your vaccine.

Can international students get vaccinated in Ontario?

If you are an international student here at McMaster, you can get vaccinated in Ontario. However, you must be eligible within your public health unit. To learn whether you are eligible or to book a vaccine appointment., visit

To learn more, visit the Student Wellness Centre website.