Health Some Ontario Pharmacies Are Now Offering Pfizer & Moderna Vaccines To People Aged 18+
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As part ofrollout, select pharmacies in seven cities and regions are now offering doses to people who are 18 or older, and you can find all the spots on the government's .
On May 7, the list of COVID-19 vaccine pharmacy locations was updated to show where people 18 and older can now get a Pfizer or Moderna dose as part of the province's pharmacy expansion.
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Pfizer and Moderna Are Testing a Third‘Booster’ Dose for Their COVID-19 Vaccines
Both companies are trying to stay ahead of new, highly infectious coronavirus variants.On February 25, Pfizer announced that it is studying a third booster dose in some people who received their first dose of the vaccine more than six months ago. The company specifically stated that emerging and future variants of SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, were the reason for the study. Pfizer also said that it is exploring the possibility of a new,“variant-specific vaccine” that would target B.1.351 (the highly infectious South African variant).
Over 70 pharmacies in Toronto andhave the available for people 18 and older.
For, more than 50 locations in Durham, Hamilton, Ottawa, Windsor and York are offering to those over 18 years old.
Ontario is advising anyone planning to get a dose this way to check with a pharmacy ahead of time, because some might require you to, while others allow walk-ins. Also, you can check that they have doses in stock.
Health Canada has a robust website with all the latest information on the vaccines and can answer any questions you may have.for more information.
NACI recommends mixing AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna COVID-19 vaccines .
The mRNA vaccines can be interchangeable, if not readily available, and may be offered as a subsequent dose after a first AstraZeneca shot, NACI said in updated guidelines.Under the new recommendations released June 1, people who received a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine may receive an mRNA vaccine — Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna — for their second dose, unless contraindicated.