Kelly Grindrod, who works as a pharmacist and is part of a vaccination clinic in Kitchener, says brand recognition plays a role in vaccination. Many people recognize the Pfizer company, so they opt for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. “We had a lot of Moderna in the area and we saw on different sites that received Moderna that people showed up in the clinics… they found out it was Moderna and they said: ‘No, I want Pfizer’ and they left. “, she says.
“For healthcare providers, we’ve all been like, ‘What? Pfizer and Moderna are the same. For example, why would people do this? “”
Grindrod says people should know that Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are like “Coke and Pepsi where you can’t quite tell the difference between the flavors.” “
Both vaccines are mRNA, which teaches the body to make a protein that will trigger an immune response to help ward off the virus.
“They’re like twins, they’re pretty much the same – same efficiency, same efficiency, same benefits,” she said.
Grindrod says the biggest difference between the two is that Moderna is easier to transport and doesn’t need to be kept in very cold freezers like the Pfizer vaccine.
“Really, the only difference you see between Pfizer and Moderna is the way it’s run, nothing to do with how you experience it yourself,” she said.
‘There is no problem’
The Waterloo region isn’t the only place people want Pfizer over Moderna. Hamilton public health officials said there was a similar trend in that city and Medical Officer of Health Dr Elizabeth Richardson said people should take the first vaccine offered to them.
“There is no problem between the Moderna vaccine and the Pfizer,” said Richardson.
Grindrod said information about possible side effects from the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine may have rubbed off on Moderna and now people are just looking for a name they recognize.
The province announced earlier this month that it would no longer give the AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine as a first dose due to the risk of rare blood clots. Ontarians who received a first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine between March 10 and March 19 can choose to receive a second dose 10 weeks apart during the week of May 24, the province said on Friday.
Moderna was developed in the United States
Country music singer Dolly Parton donated $ 1 million to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville for COVID-19 research which was in part devoted to the development of the Moderna vaccine.