KFL&A Public Health was notified by the Ministry of Health of a shipment delay impacting the delivery of Pfizer vaccine to our community clinics.
In response to this unexpected delay, most clinics in the KFL&A region will move to offer Moderna vaccine with a limited supply of Pfizer vaccine available for individuals who are 18 to 29 years old where there is a provincial recommendation to receive Pfizer due to a potential increased risk for pericarditis or myocarditis. There is adequate supply of Moderna vaccine for adults third dose and clinics will continue to run at full capacity. Please note individuals 30 years of age and older may be offered Moderna vaccine as their third dose until additional vaccine supply is received. The Paediatric Pfizer vaccine dose for 5 to 11 years of age is still available and will continue to be offered at the clinics for this age group.
“I urge all residents to access their third dose in any approved combination as quickly as possible to protect themselves, their loved ones, and our community,” said Dr. Piotr Oglaza, Medical Officer of Health at KFL&A Public Health. “Mixing doses is not a new practice – the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI), the Canadian agency that oversees all vaccines and their use, state that the mixing of COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective.”
We want to remind our residents that both Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are approved by Health Canada and use a similar mRNA technology, so the vaccines are interchangeable and safe to mix.
Clinics will continue to run at full capacity in the KFL&A region. Book through KFL&A Public Health’s online vaccine clinic tool which offers the fastest access to available local clinic appointments. KFL&A residents are encouraged to get their third dose of COVID-19 vaccine (when eligible) in any approved combination to achieve maximum protection against the highly transmissible Omicron variant in our region.