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Clarification on WHO statement about COVID-19 vaccine interchangeability

The media has recently reported that a physician associated with the World Health Organization (WHO) suggested that the mixing of vaccines was a ‘dangerous trend’. This was not an official statement by the World Health Organization. The statement was made at a session unrelated to vaccine mixing and was taken out of context by news...

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Real World Evidence for COVID-19 Vaccines

Similar to clinical trials, real world cohort and case-control studies find COVID-19 infections are reduced by >90% with two doses of mRNA vaccines. Single doses of either mRNA or AstraZeneca vaccine decreases infections by ~60% and hospitalizations by 70-80%. Vaccine effectiveness appears similar for variants of concern and are safe for pregnant women. HMC

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Second dose of COVID-19 Vaccination

NACI has provided updated recommendations on COVID-19 vaccine schedules. For those who have received a first dose of an AstraZeneca vaccine, an mRNA vaccine is preferred for the second dose due to emerging evidence suggesting better immune response, and, to mitigate the risk of VITT(Vaccine-Induced Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia) from viral vector vaccines. HMC

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Myocarditis Risk

Since May 2021, the Public Health Agency of Canada has been actively monitoring reports of myocarditis and pericarditis following vaccination with COVID-19 mRNA vaccines through passive and active Canadian safety surveillance systems. Available information from international reports, including those from Israel and the United States, indicated that: cases were more commonly reported after the second dose, and...

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COVID-19 Second Dose Booking

Residents aged 70 and over, as well as those who received the first dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine on or before April 18, 2021 are now able to book their second dose appointments. The provincial booking system will allow these individuals to book appointments as of Monday, June 7, 2021 at 8:00 am. This...

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Second Dose COVID-19 Vaccine Type-Interchangeability, Updated on June3, 2021

NACI recommends that persons who received a first dose of the AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccine may receive either AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccine or an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) for their second dose, unless contraindicated. On June 1, the Public Health Agency of Canada released updated recommendations from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) on the interchangeability of authorized...

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Vaccination Receipts

After you are vaccinated, you can log in to the provincial portal to download or print an electronic COVID-19 Vaccine receipt for each dose you have received. Receipts are available: for first and second doses received in Ontario (once you get them) regardless of where you were vaccinated (for example, at a mass immunization clinic,...

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AstraSeneca Second Dose

At this time, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) does NOT recommend that vaccines of different types (e.g., mRNA vaccine and viral vector vaccine) be used in the two-dose series, as data on the immune response following mixed vaccine schedules are not yet available. Further information from clinical trials and NACI’s recommendation are anticipated...

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Receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine after CPVID-19 infection

Peel Public Health has confirmed with the Ministry of Health Emergency Operations centre that individuals with a previous COVID-19 infection may receive their COVID-19 vaccination at any time after they have recovered as long as they have completed self-isolation and have been symptom-free for at least 24 hours. HMC

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Pregnancy added to Highest Risk conditions for COVID-19 vaccine

In response to emerging data on the increased risk of severe illness for pregnant individuals, Ontario’s Vaccine Clinical Advisory Group (VCAG) has recommended the inclusion of pregnant individuals in the Highest Risk category of health conditions.  As part of this group, pregnant individuals and one primary caregiver are now eligible to receive their COVID-19 vaccines...

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Age eligibility for AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine expanded to 40+

The province of Ontario has announced that starting Tuesday, April 20, the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine will be offered to individuals aged 40 and over at pharmacies across the province. Eligible individuals can book an appointment at participating pharmacies by accessing: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations   Based on the review of data from Europe and the United Kingdom, Health Canada...

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Peel residents aged 50 and over in select hot spot postal codes now eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine

Peel residents 50 years of age and older, living in hotspot postal codes, are now eligible to book vaccine appointments at Peel Public Health and hospital clinics.  In Peel, the list of hotspot postal codes includes: L4T, L4W, L4X, L4Z, L5A, L5B, L5R, L5C, L5K, L5L, L5M, L5N, L5V, L5W, L6P, L6R, L6S, L6T, L7C,...

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COVID-19 Vaccination of the Senior 65+ Population

Peel residents aged 65-69 are now eligible to get vaccinated for COVID-19 at hospital clinics. Appointments for the 65-69 age group will also be expanded to Peel Public Health community clinic sites in the coming days. In alignment with the Ministry’s Guidance for Prioritization of Phase 2 Populations for COVID-19 Vaccination, individuals with the following conditions, along...

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COVID-19 Vaccination of the Senior 75+ Population 

• As of March 22nd, Peel residents aged 75 and older (including those who will turn 75 in 2021) are eligible to get vaccinated for COVID-19. These residents are currently being invited to book appointments at Peel Public Health clinics as well as hospital clinic sites. To access appointment booking for any of these sites, eligible...

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Important Safety Information on AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine and COVISHIELD: Risk of Thrombosis with Thrombocytopenia  – AstraZeneca Canada Inc. and Verity Pharmaceuticals Inc.

The AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine and COVISHIELD were authorized for use in Canada on February 26, 2021, in accordance with the Interim Order Respecting the Importation, Sale and Advertising of Drugs for Use in Relation to COVID-19. Since the time of authorization, there have been very rare reports in Europe of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia following administration...

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Vaccination of the Senior 80+ Population

Peel residents 80 years of age and older (including those born in 1941 or earlier) are eligible to get vaccinated for COVID-19. These residents are currently being invited to book appointments at hospital clinic sites. Brampton– WilliamOslerHealthSystem vaccine clinic: Book appointments online at https://www.williamoslerhs.ca/patients-and-families/preparing-for-your-visit-or-stay/coronavirus-information-for-patients-families/covid-19-vaccine/ Mississauga– TrilliumHealthPartners vaccine clinic: Pre-register for appointments at https://op.trilliumhealthpartners.ca/vaccinationreg/ Appointments will...