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HPPH says make second dose of COVID-19 vaccine a priority

As more vaccine becomes available in Huron Perth and local eligibility continues to expand for earlier second doses, Huron Perth Public Health reminds everyone to make their second dose a priority.

“Whether it’s the same vaccine series, or a mix of two vaccines, being fully vaccinated is extremely valuable. Two doses of vaccine, either from the same vaccine or from a combined Pfizer and Moderna series, provide safe and highly effective protection against the COVID-19 virus and variants, including the highly transmissible Delta variant,” says Dr. Miriam Klassen, Medical Officer of Health for Huron Perth. “I strongly encourage everyone to get their vaccine as soon as possible, and to make their second dose a priority. When there are more fully vaccinated people in our communities, the more protection everyone has from COVID-19.”

The most recent vaccination coverage information available shows that 74.4% of Huron-Perth residents aged 16 years and older have received their first dose. Increased amounts of vaccine are expected to arrive in Huron Perth in the coming weeks and additional community vaccination clinics will be added, which means thousands of Huron Perth residents will be able to receive second doses sooner than originally anticipated.

Residents who have had any type of COVID-19 vaccine as their first dose (AstraZeneca, Pfizer or Moderna) are eligible to book at an HPPH clinic for any type of mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) for their second dose.

All Health Canada approved vaccines are safe to interchange and you will still gain safe and highly effective protection against the COVID-19 virus, including the variants of concern, when mixing these products.
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