Pfizer’s delay is impacting local clinics; Moderna takes precedence – .

Pfizer’s delay is impacting local clinics; Moderna takes precedence – .

Delays in deliveries of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to Ontario will impact clinics in Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph starting this week. Due to supply cuts, clinics across the region will begin prioritizing the Moderna vaccine for all adults 18 years of age and older.

“These shipping changes are certainly difficult,” said Dr. Nicola Mercer, Medical Officer of Health and CEO of WDG Public Health. “We are doing everything we can to minimize the impact on the public, but we need to do what we can to ensure that we continue to vaccinate our region as quickly as possible. I want to assure the residents of Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph that their first or second dose will be safe and effective.

Moderna will now be offered at all WDG Public Health and partner clinics for area residents aged 18 and over for first and second doses – until Pfizer vaccine deliveries resume. The remaining Pfizer supplies will be prioritized for youth ages 12 to 17.

For all residents of the area who received Moderna or Pfizer for their first dose, the evidence indicates that receiving either vaccine as a second dose offers strong protection against COVID-19. The two mRNA vaccines are licensed in Canada, use similar technology, and can be mixed safely.

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