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'Race is on' to deliver second dose vaccines in Sudbury area

·3 min read

All second dose COVID-19 vaccination appointments on or after July 12 in the Sudbury and Manitoulin districts will be cancelled and need to be rebooked.

Public Health Sudbury and Districts made the announcement on Thursday following the provincial decision to accelerate COVID-19 mRNA (Pfizer or Moderna) second doses.

Anyone who is currently eligible for an accelerated dose and has already rebooked is not affected by the cancellation. The health unit said that there will be limited exceptions to this new rule.

“The race is on between COVID-19 variants and the vaccine. Protection against getting sick with the more infectious and dangerous Delta variant requires two doses. With a steady vaccine supply, we are aiming to meet provincial targets and speed up second doses to really have a two-dose summer,” said Dr. Penny Sutcliffe, medical officer of health for the Sudbury area.

“Everyone 12 and older should book an appointment for their first dose and anyone eligible for their second dose is strongly encouraged to rebook their appointment or attend a walk-in clinic as soon as possible.”

Starting the week of June 28, Ontarians aged 18 and older will be able to book their second dose vaccine appointments as soon as 28 days after their first dose.

If your second dose appointment was scheduled at the 112-day interval when you received your first dose, you must rebook your second dose as soon as you are eligible to do so.

Based on eligibility and availability of appointments, you may receive your second dose after July 12, but it will be sooner than the original interval of 112 days.

The original appointments were made when limited vaccine supply meant that a longer interval was required.

Public health will also notify those that are affected by an email and/or robocall.

If you already rebooked your second dose earlier than your original appointment, your appointment is not affected, even if the clinic occurs after July 12.

Appointments made through pharmacies or primary care are also not affected by these cancellations.

“We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as we adjust our vaccination program so that we can urgently offer as much protection to as many people as possible. We appreciate that rebooking appointments will take some effort, but the benefits of earlier protection are worth it,” the health unit said in a release.

Once you are eligible for an accelerated second dose, visit www.covid-19.ontario.ca/bookvaccine or call 705-674-2299 to rebook your appointment.

Individuals can also help people who are eligible by booking on their behalf.

Eligible individuals can also choose to attend a public health walk-in clinic if available or can book their second dose through pharmacies and primary care providers.

If your first vaccine was an mRNA vaccine, you can get either Pfizer or Moderna for your second dose. All public health clinics offer mRNA vaccines.

The health unit will provide information on its website regarding the vaccine planned for the clinic, subject to change based on availability.

All second dose appointments originally booked for youth aged 12 to 17 scheduled on or after July 12 will also be cancelled, and public health will share more information on how to book a second dose for this age group in the coming weeks.

The planned clinic at St. Charles Community Centre on July 15 will not be affected by these cancellations.

More info

For more information, visit www.phsd.ca/covid-19.

To find out if you are eligible for your second dose, visit bit.ly/3jcPoxR.

The Local Journalism Initiative is made possible through funding from the federal government.

sud.editorial@sunmedia.ca

Twitter: @SudburyStar

Colleen Romaniuk, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Sudbury Star

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