The Province of Ontario announced that the next shipment of the Pfizer mRNA vaccine to the City of Ottawa will be delayed. The shipment was to arrive on Monday, June 21. To ensure that vaccine appointments are honoured at immunization clinics over the coming week, the City and Ottawa Public Health will administer the Moderna mRNA vaccine as it is interchangeable with Pfizer.
Beginning today, individuals 18 years or older who have an appointment booked at one of the city-run immunization clinics will receive a Moderna vaccine. Interchanging vaccines is safe and effective. The priority is to receive two doses of a vaccine to complete the series and be fully protected.
Clinic staff will ensure residents are aware of which vaccine they will receive. However, there will be no opportunity for residents to request or switch to another type of vaccine. The limited Pfizer vaccine will be reserved for youth 12 to 17 years old.
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