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COVID-19: Vaccinations

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Frequently Asked Questions

General

I am not a member of a priority group, and understand it will be some time before I get my vaccine. What steps do I need to take to ensure I receive one, when it is my time?

New Brunswick's approach is in alignment with the Public Health Agency of Canada's COVID-19 Immunization Plan: Saving Lives and Livelihoods as well as a New Brunswick sequenced rollout plan to ensure that the appropriate vaccines are made available to people at the right time. Click here to read more about the Government of New Brunswick's involvement in global efforts to provide vaccines that are safe and effective.

Can you still contract and spread the virus once immunized?

Vaccination is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread and reduce the impact of infectious diseases. In the case of COVID-19, it may take time to build up immunity in our communities so it is important to continue to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 even once immunized. For more information about vaccination to achieve community immunity, click here.

How safe is the COVID-19 vaccine?

Health Canada authorizes vaccines after an independent and thorough scientific review for safety, effectiveness and quality. For more information on this process, including a list of authorized vaccines such as Moderna and Pfizer, click here.

What is the difference between the Moderna and the Pfizer vaccine?

The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines that Health Canada approved for use are both mRNA type vaccines. Both vaccines appear to have similar efficacy, and both were developed using the newest approaches. No matter where the vaccines are produced, Canada has very high standards set for vaccine and Health Canada only authorizes vaccines in Canada after a thorough and independent review of the scientific evidence.

How is the COVID-19 vaccine given?

Vaccines are administered intramuscularly in the deltoid muscle (in the arm).

Why are the vaccines being administered without gloves? Shouldn't full personal protective equipment (PPE) be worn?

Gloves and other personal protective equipment are not recommended for most vaccination administration, including the COVID-19 vaccine, unless there is a risk to come into contact with potentially infectious body fluids such as through cuts on their hands.

COVID-19 vaccination update

Each person being vaccinated requires two doses. To highlight the vaccination effort, updates will be posted once a week on the COVID-19 dashboard available at:

Weekly updates will include the number of doses of vaccine received, the number of doses administered, the number of doses held to serve as the second dose and the number of people fully vaccinated.

Where can I find reliable information?

There is misinformation and speculation surfacing online, which is a common reaction in situations like this.

Please rely on only credible sources for information from

Misinformation can create unnecessary panic for both our patients and staff, which ties up our resources. Please help us share reliable information from these sites.

For updates on health care services in your area, visit Horizon's Community News Channel, sign up for our e-newsletter, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Vaccination Clinics

How do I apply for a position at the vaccination clinic?

If you are not currently employed by Horizon and are available to provide on-site support during COVID-19 vaccination clinics, please use the following link:  https://interceptum.com/s/en/PandemicSupport

If you are currently employed by Horizon and working part-time or casual and looking to pick up extra shifts to assist in these areas, or are working full-time and affected by a service slow down, please speak to your manager. Your manager can add your name to the redeployment tracker with the number of shifts you are available to help with.

How many positions are there to fill at the vaccination clinics?

It is estimated that we need to fill approximately 100 positions (clinical and non-clinical) in each of Horizon's five health zones:  Zone 1 (Moncton area), Zone 2 (Saint John area), Zone 3 (Fredericton and Upper River Valley area) and Zone 7 (Miramichi area).

Do I have to be a nurse or have a clinical background to help at the vaccination clinics?

No. There are a variety of other, non-clinical/administrative roles available. These positions include screening patients, helping patients navigate the facility, registering patients, and supporting patients in the recovery area. Nurses and other clinical staff are required to provide immunizations at the COVID-19 vaccination clinics.

My nursing license isn't up to date, can I still help at the vaccination clinics?

All immunizers must be licensed by their professional association.

To assist with recruiting nurses who may not be actively practicing, the Nurses Association of New Brunswick in collaboration of the Government of New Brunswick is waiving registration fees to renew nursing licenses. They can be renewed in three-month intervals.

When will the clinics begin?

The dates, times, locations and other logistics for these clinics are determined based on the shipments of the vaccine we receive and the priority groups identified by government.

The clinics will begin after the priority groups identified by government have been vaccinated and as soon as we receive large shipments of the vaccine. We anticipate this to be late spring or summer. More information on the vaccine rollout is available here.

How long will the clinics last?

The clinics will last until most New Brunswickers are vaccinated.

Is there a required time commitment for working at the vaccination clinics?

We are asking immunizers to commit to a three-month term. This timeframe aligns with the nursing license renewal. 

There is more flexibility for non-clinical/administrative positions that may not require special training or licensing.

How much will I get paid?

The rate of pay is dependent on the position and your experience. This will be reviewed with you by Human Resources.

What training is required?

If you are joining Horizon's COVID-19 vaccination clinic team as an immunizer, you must completefourrequired online modules in the Education Program for Immunization Competencies (EPIC) course and the Medical Directive. The Medical Directive consists of reviewing relevant information in the New Brunswick Immunization Program Guide and then being observed and certified by Public Health staff at your first clinic.

Administrative/non-clinical staff will require other forms of online training and on-site orientation related to their specific roles. This will be reviewed with you by Horizon's Human Resources team.

Will I get reimbursed for the time it takes to complete the required online training?

Immunizers who take the EPIC course will be reimbursed for four (4) hours of education time.

How do I access training?

Once you have completed the redeployment process (for existing Horizon staff) or completed the online survey (all other applicants), Human Resources will contact you with more information.  

Are there volunteer positions (unpaid)?

At this time, we are recruiting paid staff only. To learn more about volunteering at Horizon click here.