What You Need to Know
About Coronavirus (COVID-19)
In December 2019, a coronavirus emerged in the city of Wuhan, China. Since then, this respiratory virus has been reported in multiple countries, including Canada. On Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 to be a public health emergency of international concern. On March 11, 2020, the WHO declared COVID-19 as a pandemic because of the alarming levels of spread and severity.
Those with COVID-19 may have little to no symptoms. You may not know you have symptoms of COVID-19 because they are similar to a cold or flu. Symptoms of the virus range from mild to severe and may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to COVID-19. They can include fever, cough, difficulty breathing, pneumonia and kidney failure. In severe cases, infection can lead to death.
About Coronavirus (COVID-19) Vaccine
As Canada prepares for the largest vaccine initiative in recent history, the Nurses Association of New Brunswick (NANB) recognizes that it is essential that the public trust both the vaccine and the professional who is administering it. Vaccine safety extends beyond its pharmaceutical properties. It must be administered by professionals who are safe, competent, and ethical in all aspects of vaccination administration. This includes knowledge and competency of informed consent, injection techniques, vaccine reconstitution, storage requirements, side effects, emergency management of adverse reaction, documentation, disposal, and all other aspect of vaccine administration (National Council of State Boards of Nursing, 2020).
NANB Fact Sheet: COVID-19 Vaccine
NANB and NBNU's Position on the COVID-19 Immunization
GNB Vaccine Information
Memo- COVID-19 Basic Vaccine Immunization Training
The Government of Canada- Recommendations on the use of COVID-19 vaccines
NANB’s mandate is regulation for safe, competent, and ethical nursing care—but patient safety is a responsibility we all share. Our role during the novel coronavirus outbreak is to support your ability to provide safe and competent care and help you understand your accountabilities.
If you have questions about your accountabilities when caring for patients affected with the new coronavirus, please contact us. One of our Nurse Consultants can help identify the appropriate standards and guidelines to guide your decision-making and help you understand your accountabilities.
Nurse Practitioners are encouraged to visit the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health (Public Health) Coronavirus page for information.