Pfizer Shots Return to Pickering and Oshawa Vaccine Clinics

Through Liam McConnell

Published January 27, 2022 at 11:11 am

Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine has returned to the Durham area for the first time in more than a month due to limited replenishment of the vaccine, the first approved for use in Canada.

The region announced the switch to Moderna, also a safe and effective vaccine, on Dec. 24 after the Ontario government announced a statewide shortage of Pfizer doses due to a delay in shipments.

Both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines use messenger RNA (mRNA) to teach the body how to make a spike protein, harmless to the body that teaches its own immune system to recognize and attack the COVID-19 virus when it enters the body. mRNA vaccines are relatively new to public use but have been studied for decades, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Although both scans use the same technique, Pfizer has been shown to be slightly safer in the 12-29 year olds due to an even lower risk of rare side effects of myocarditis or pericarditis, leading to it being “preferably recommended to this age group.” ”

“Although very rare, mRNA vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna) have been associated with myocarditis (inflammation of the heart) and pericarditis (inflammation of the lining of the heart), with fewer reports of myocarditis/pericarditis following the Pfizer vaccine. In most people, heart inflammation is mild and goes away within days,” he said Ontario Public Health.

A study by the University of Waterloo points this outa range of 0.0002 percent (2 cases per million) to 0.0283 percent (283 cases per million) depending on the age and sex of the person injected, and that such inflammation was 16 times more likely in someone with COVID-19 infection .

“The Department of Health is reminding residents that both Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines (mRNA vaccines) offer proven protection against COVID-19. It is safe and effective to receive both mRNA vaccines,” Durham Health said in a statement.

Durham decided to keep its Pfizer offering for the 12- to 29-year-old age group and offer Moderna for the over-30s starting December 29.

“Mixing COVID-19 vaccines is safe, effective, and allows residents to benefit from the protection of a booster shot.” The region said, “Both Moderna’s and Pfizer’s vaccines provide strong protection against COVID-19, and its variants and residents are advised to first obtain the vaccine that is available to them.”

Beginning Jan. 26, the region began using Pfizer shots again for those over 30 at the Pickering Clinic (formerly Winners) and the Oshawa Center Clinic. While there was a small window to book, more appointments will be made in the coming days Made available between February 1st and February 18th, once delivery is confirmed.

Those who already booked a vaccine between Jan. 26 and Jan. 31 will continue to receive Moderna unless they request a Pfizer dose. Walk-ins for booster vaccinations will not be accepted due to limited supply.

Residents can book their appointments online or by calling 1-888-444-5113.

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