COVID - 19 VACCINATION INFORMATION  

*** New*** Health Canada, approved child-doses COVID vaccine, Pfizer BioTech for children aged 5 to 11.
Also expanded booster shots for individuals aged 50+ in Ontario, starting Dec 13th, 2021. 

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Age 5 to 11 years old kids are eligible to get child-doses Pfizer COVID Vaccine. 

>>> Ontarians aged 12+ are eligible to have booster shots. 84 days interval required after 2nd dose. 

>>> Booking appointments is recommended; Walk-ins are welcome while supplies are available.  

>>> Children 5 to 11 years old or turning to 5 in 2021 are eligible to receive paediatric Pfizer vaccines. 2nd dose can be booked at a date closer to the recommended 8-week interval. 

>>> Adults who need 1st or 2nd dose vaccines, Pfizer or Moderna, can book through the same portal. 

Mixing and Matching Moderna after Pfizer - FAQ

Public health has made it clear that it is safe to mix and match Pfizer and Moderna COVID vaccines for booster shots.  As outlined on the Government of Canada web site, the rationale is as follows:

  • Both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna mRNA vaccines work the same way  

  • During clinical trials, both mRNA vaccines (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna)demonstrated similar safety profiles and side effects (NACI).

  • Both mRNA vaccines showed similar vaccine efficacy in clinical trials against symptomatic COVID-19 disease following the second dose, 95% and 94% respectively for Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines (NACI).

  • There is no reason to believe that mRNA vaccine series completed with a different authorized mRNA vaccine product would result in any additional safety issues or reduction in immune protection against COVID-19 at this time (NACI).

  • Public health authorities have determined that if the same product is not readily available, or the product used for the first dose is unknown, the available mRNA vaccine product should be used for the subsequent (“booster”) doses.

 

Furthermore,  research from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) found that using the mix-and-match strategy elicited either a similar or a higher response as compared to using the same vaccine.

A  recent study out of the United Kingdom indicates a third dose of Moderna offered more effective protection against Omicron, compared to Pfizer. The study from the UK Health Security Agency showed that among those who received a Pfizer primary course, vaccine effectiveness was around 70% after a Pfizer booster, dropping to 45% after 10-plus weeks and stayed around 70 to 75% after a Moderna booster up to 9 weeks after booster.

What you should know about Paediatric COVID Vaccine? 

>>> Health Canada has approved the first COVID-19 vaccine Pfizer Biotech for children aged five to 11 in Canada. The companies say the results of their trials in children show comparable safety and efficacy to those recorded in a previous Pfizer-BioNTech study in people aged 16 to 25.

>>> The National Advisory Committee on Immunization has suggested that two doses may be offered to children between five and 11 years of age, with at least eight weeks between doses.

>>> For now NACI suggests children wait at least 14 days before or after receiving another vaccine, such as the flu shot, to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

>>>  Pfizer-BioNTech has changed the formulation of the pediatric vaccine slightly, so new vaccines must be delivered to Canada before children can receive a shot.

>>>  Canada is expecting an accelerated delivery of 2.9 million child-sized doses, enough for a first dose for every child in the five to 11 age group.  In a statement Thursday, Pfizer Canada said the company is prepared to deliver the pediatric doses to Canada shortly following federal authorization. Meanwhile provinces are poised and ready to start administrating doses as soon as they have them in hand.

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Helpful Links and Resources:

TorontoRide Provides assisted door-to-door transportation services in the Toronto-area to seniors 55+ and adults with disabilities who are not eligible for Wheel-Trans.  Click here.

Recommendations on the use of COVID-19 vaccines

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Vaccine Storage and Handling Guidance – Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 Vaccines

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Moderna COVID-19 vaccine: What you should know

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AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine: What you should know

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