The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit is pleased to share that the province of Ontario has now received an increased supply of adult Pfizer- BioNTech vaccine, and will be able to offer both approved mRNA vaccines at their upcoming clinics to all eligible community members.
In December, the Ministry of Health issued a requirement that the Pfizer vaccine was offered solely to those aged 12 to 29, in response to supply concerns across Ontario. This vaccine is also known by its brand name Comirnaty.
Moderna was offered at all clinics and continues to be an excellent choice as a first, second or booster dose of the mRNA vaccine. This age restriction for Pfizer has now been eliminated, and Pfizer products are accessible to all eligible. There is also an abundant supply of the pediatric formulation of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children ages five to 11 years old.
With this increased supply, the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit is now increasing appointment availability at upcoming clinics starting this week, including appointments at Norfolk General Hospital, Simcoe Recreation Centre, Riverside Exhibition Centre in Caledonia and Lifespan Centre in Dunnville. All of these large clinics will offer both adult mRNA vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna). Children (five to 11-year-olds) will receive pediatric dose Pfizer at specified clinics throughout February.