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First-dose COVID-19 vaccinations for health-care workers paused in Guelph

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Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health says it is pausing first-dose COVID-19 vaccinations for health-care workers as of Wednesday due to Pfizer production delays.

The health unit announced it will not receive a shipment on Feb. 1 and added that it doesn’t actually know when more vaccines will arrive from Pfizer.

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The drugmaker announced it is scaling up its European manufacturing capacity – a move that officials said will impact the vaccine’s production for a “short period.”

First-dose vaccinations in Guelph will be rescheduled once Pfizer shipments resume.

“Individuals who have already received the first dose will be provided the second dose at a longer interval that does not exceed the 42-day maximum interval as in the product monograph,” public health said.

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It added that shipments of the Moderna vaccine have not been affected and will continue to be used to vaccinate long-term care and retirement home residents.

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The region received 3,700 doses of the Moderna vaccine on Jan. 15. It has also received 4,875 doses of the Pfizer vaccine since the beginning of January.

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As of Tuesday night, 4,407 people in the region have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Public health said it still expects all 3,935 residents of long-term care and retirement homes will receive their first vaccine by Jan. 27.

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