Ontario to delay 2nd vaccine dose until 42 days due to Pfizer shipment delivery pause

The Ontario government is extending the window for the second dose of COVID-19 vaccinations in order to account for Pfizer-BioNtech shipment and delivery delays.

Long-term care residents, staff and essential caregivers who have received their first doses of the Pfizer vaccine will now receive their second dose within 21 to 27 days, Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, said in a release. Everyone else will receive their second dose after 21 days and before 42 days.

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“Yesterday morning, we were alerted by the federal government that due to work to expand its European manufacturing facility, production of the Pfizer-BioNtech COVD-19 vaccine will be impacted for a few weeks,” the release said.

“As a result, Pfizer will temporarily reduce deliveries at its European facility to all countries receiving its vaccine, including Canada.”

They added the 28-day dose schedule for the Moderna vaccine will remain the same.

More to come. 

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