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Pfizer vaccine is reserved for ages under 30 years based on provincial supply and direction

Posted On: Saturday, January 1, 2022

Based on provincial supply and direction, the Grey Bruce Health Unit will be operating with a limited supply of Pfizer in the coming weeks.

Pfizer vaccine is reserved for ages under 30 years based on provincial supply and direction

Similar to other public health units across the province, the Grey Bruce Health Unit will only be providing doses of Moderna to those over the age of 30 years. Pfizer doses will be reserved for those in the younger age groups.

The Grey Bruce Health Unit has opened vaccine appointments to all Grey Bruce residents eligible for third doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Using the Hockey Hub model for mass immunization, the Health Unit will deliver all booster doses for the eligible population within two weeks in January. This robust plan will ensure the optimal and timely protection of residents, families and communities in Grey Bruce.

There are two options to book an appointment through the Provincial booking system:

For More Information:

Dr. Ian Arra, MD MSc FRCPC ACPM ABPM

Medical Officer of Health and Chief Executive Officer

To arrange to speak with Dr. Arra, please contact: communications@publichealthgreybruce.on.ca

519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456 ext. 3940

 

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Moderna will be the main supplier of COVID-19 vaccine doses for the country’s booster campaigns as governments across the country urge eligible Canadians to get their third shot as soon as possible in the face of a surging fifth wave.

The federal government says it has secured enough COVID-19 booster shots for everyone eligible to get their doses at the appropriate interval. However, with deliveries of the Pfizer doses front-loaded to earlier this year, and those from Moderna back-loaded to later in 2021, Canadians will not necessarily get a choice between vaccines when they stick their arms out for the latest jab.

That means that many Canadians who received Pfizer doses for their first and second shots could get their boost against the new Omicron variant from a Moderna shot. The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) said it recognizes that people may prefer the same vaccine brand for all shots, but underscored that mixing mRNA vaccines is safe and protects against COVID-19.

Canada received about half as many Pfizer doses than Moderna doses in the last quarter of 2021, and will get nearly double the number of Moderna doses in January compared to Pfizer shots. Additionally, because people in most age groups who get a Moderna shot for their booster only require a half dose, the deliveries from Moderna will cover many more people than those from Pfizer. A full dose of Moderna is recommended for boosters for adults who are 70 and older and people who are severely immunocompromised.

“Over 8.6 million full doses of Moderna Spikevax have been imported in the last quarter of 2021, sufficient vaccine for up to 17.3 million boosters. An additional 9.3 million full doses of Moderna Spikevax are expected in January,” Mr. Johnson said.

Canada has signed additional agreements with both Pfizer and Moderna for delivery of their mRNA COVID-19 vaccines in 2022, 2023 and 2024. But while Canada has already received its doses from its original contract from Pfizer, about half are still expected from Moderna.

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