Peel and Toronto to let people choose between mRNA vaccines when supply allows – .

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Peel and Toronto to let people choose between mRNA vaccines when supply allows – .


Toronto and Peel will begin offering both mRNA vaccines at their mass vaccination clinics with the aim of reaching people who are reluctant to mix doses despite public health advice suggesting it is safe.

Clinics began administering the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines interchangeably in June, but since then anecdotal reports suggest that some people have come out after being told they would receive a different vaccine than the one they received for their own. first dose.

Last week, Peel Public Health launched a new initiative called “Pfizer Fridays” to reach some of these people and it has proven to be successful with thousands of appointments made.

Now officials at Peel and Toronto say they will start offering both Pfizer and Moderna in all of their clinics as long as supply allows.

The change, which will take effect this weekend, comes amid an expected increase in Pfizer vaccine supply, with Ontario receiving 1.2 million doses this week and nearly 1.6 million doses the next. next week.

Toronto says it will also be doing first-dose vaccinations at its nine walk-in clinics only starting Monday in an effort to further remove barriers.

More than 80 percent of eligible Ontarians have now received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine and nearly 65 percent are fully immunized.

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore, however, has suggested that the province should try to increase its vaccination rate to at least 90% due to the increased transmissibility of the Delta variant.

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