An unexpected shipment delay of the Pfizer vaccine into Canada will affect several regions in Ontario, including Halton (Burlington, Oakville, Milton and Halton Hills).
Starting Monday, June 21 and until further notice, all vaccine clinics in the region will be using the Moderna vaccine for all booked appointments.
Mississauga, Brampton, and Toronto are also affected.
For the purpose of second dose vaccinations, Moderna and Pfizer are treated as interchangeable.
“Getting two doses as soon as possible is critical for gain protection from COVID-19 and its variants as soon as possible,” says Halton Public Health. “Moderna and Pfizer mRNA vaccines are interchangeable and mixing them was approved by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization.”
Halton’s remaining Pfizer supply will be used to vaccine residents aged 12-17, the age group for which Pfizer is currently the only approved vaccine.
More information is available at the region’s website.
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