Moderna vaccine to be administered at BCHU clinics while Pfizer shipment delayed

Published on: June 21, 2021

BRANTFORD, ON – The Brant County Health Unit (BCHU) was informed by the Province on Saturday, June 19, that the next local delivery of Pfizer vaccine, that was to arrive early this week, has been delayed until later this week.

All vaccination appointments at BCHU led clinics for this week will continue to be honoured as there is sufficient supply of the Moderna vaccine locally, which is highly effective and interchangeable with the Pfizer vaccine. Due to the delay in the delivery of the Pfizer vaccine, all adults 18+ will be receiving the Moderna vaccine for first and second doses at BCHU led clinics until later this week.

The limited supply of Pfizer vaccine will be reserved for youth 12-17 years-of-age, who can only receive this vaccine, and for those with known contraindications. There will not be an opportunity for anyone outside of these groups to request the Pfizer vaccine at clinics.

Guidance from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization indicates that anyone who received an mRNA vaccine for their first dose can safely receive Moderna or Pfizer for their second dose. It is important to remember that getting the same vaccine for first and second doses or getting a mixed schedule are both considered safe and acceptable options. Both schedules will count as a full series of the vaccine.

It is highly recommended that those with first or second dose appointments in the coming days receive their vaccine at those appointments.