Ontario tinkers with COVID-19 vaccination plan due to Pfizer delays

Those who got the Moderna vaccine are not impacted

Fewer doses of vaccine as Pfizer retools a European manufacturing facility means the Ontario government has adjusted its vaccination plan.

In a statement Saturday from Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, phase one of the vaccination plan will continue, but for those in long-term care or retirement homes, and their caregivers, the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine is being pushed back from 21 to 27 days.

Williams says all other recipients, like health-care workers, will now get their second dose between 21 and 42 days after the first jab.

There is no change for those who received the Moderna vaccine, as the second dose will be administered 28 days after the first shot.

Prime Minister Trudeau announced on Friday the overhaul in Europe would mean a delay in vaccine shipments to Canada.