Pharmacists disappointed with NACI messaging on vaccine recommendations
May 3, 2021 (Ottawa): On behalf of Canadian pharmacists, many of whom are currently administering COVID-19 vaccines across the country, we are disappointed in the messaging communicated today by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI), which is causing additional confusion for many Canadians.
While we recognize the importance of transparent information about the risks and benefits of approved vaccines, we believe that effective messaging is critical to instilling vaccine confidence, helping Canadians contextualize the risks, and should be developed with the input of health professionals who are ultimately administering vaccines to Canadians and directly addressing their concerns.
All approved vaccines in Canada are safe and effective. CPhA maintains that the benefits of getting a COVID-19 vaccine far outweigh the potential risks, which continue to be very low. We continue to urge all Canadians to get vaccinated as soon as they are eligible, and to speak to your pharmacist or other health provider if you have any questions or concerns.
About the Canadian Pharmacists Association
The Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA) is the uniting national voice of pharmacy and the pharmacist profession in Canada. As pharmacists undertake an enhanced role in the delivery of health care, CPhA ensures that the profession is recognized as a national leader in health care, influencing the policies, programs, budgets and initiatives affecting the profession and the health of Canadians. More information is available at www.pharmacists.ca.
For more information, please contact:
Strategic Communications Manager
Canadian Pharmacists Association