Pfizer Vaccine Allocation Reduction

On January 15th, the federal government advised Ontario that production of the Pfizer-BioNtech COVD-19 vaccine will be impacted for a few weeks as the company expands its European manufacturing facility.

In response, Ontario will adjust direction on the administration of second doses as follows:

  • Long-term care and high-risk retirement home residents and their essential caregivers, who have received their first dose of the Pfizer- BioNtech vaccine, will receive their second dose in 21 to 27 days.
    • Staff who were vaccinated within the homes at the same time as the residents will also follow the same schedule.
    • For individuals who received the Moderna vaccine, the dose schedule of 28 days will remain.
  • All other recipients of the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine must receive their second dose after 21 days and before 42 days.
  • Allocation and scheduling to achieve this will be coordinated by the vaccination site with the support of the Ministry of Health.
  • Those who have received a first dose of the vaccine will be contacted by their vaccination site if there are any changes made to the scheduling of their second dose.
  • These adjustments align with the recommendations from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI), who have updated their recommendations on the use of COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Vaccination of residents, staff and essential caregivers of all long-term care homes and high-risk retirement homes in Ontario will continue, with the goal of having the first dose administered in all homes no later than mid-February.
  • Ontario continues to be ready to receive and administer the vaccines as soon as they are received.

Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy

To support vaccination rollout, help address vaccine hesitancy and increase vaccination uptake in First Nation communities, Ontario has created a vaccine fact sheet in English and French and translated it into Swampy Cree, Ojibway and Oji-Cree.

We’d also like to draw your attention to a presentation entitled “Vaccine Hesitancy and First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Populations” by Dr. Sarah Minwanimad Funnell, which is now available on the National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases website.

First Nations Vaccine Rollout

Vaccination rollout is ongoing in Sioux Lookout and the James Bay Coast with additional doses delivered by Ornge to these two locations to be administered in the coming weeks.

Starting February 1, Ornge is set to begin travelling into 31 remote First Nation communities in Northern Ontario to administer the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.The vaccination of health care workers who will be deployed to administer the vaccine to these communities has started, with over 200 workers immunized as of January 15.

The Phase 1 vaccine rollout to long-term care home residents and staff includes those located on-reserve (Six Nations of the Grand River, Mohawks of Akwesasne, Oneida Nations of the Thames, and Wikwemikong Unceded Territory), as well as to several seniors residences and complexes which have some elements of congregate care, such as Wigwamen Terrace located in Toronto.

Ontario is working closely with First Nations and Indigenous partners to develop a comprehensive list of seniors residences which are not long-term care homes to inform the province’s further Phase 1 rollout plans.

Learn more about Ontario’s vaccine rollout at Ontario.ca/CovidVaccine.