P.E.I. Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison has stated that second doses of either the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine or one of the mRNA types will be available soon and that mixing doses is completely safe and effective. The people who have already received the first dose of vaccine may choose AstraZeneca or opt for one of the mRNA vaccines, Pfizer and Moderna.
According to Dr. Morrison, those people who have received the first dose of vaccine may receive a second vaccine dose between eight and twelve weeks after the first shot.
Dr. Morrison added:
“People who received AstraZeneca in a pharmacy will be contacted regarding their second dose appointment. It’s really everyone’s turn to get immunized, so please do your part and book your appointment.”
Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization will release guidance on mixing doses soon. Researchers from the UK and Spain have discovered that mixing doses does not lead to serious side effects. They also discovered that mixing doses is also quite effective.
The province will soon start providing vaccination records as well. From June 3rd, the Islanders will be able to call 1-844-975-3303 to request a paper or electronic copy of their vaccination record.