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More Moderna and Pfizer vaccine heading to the region

Pfizer supply is steady but will increase by end of May
Astra Zeneca Vaccine
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On Friday, during a regional COVID-19 community update, head of the local vaccine task force WRPS Deputy Chief Shirley Hilton said Waterloo Region is expecting a Moderna shipment next week, although officials do not have a line of sight beyond that delivery. 

"The Pfizer supply is steady until the end of May where we then see a significant increase, and as a result of the Pfizer stability we will look to shift some of our Moderna clinics to Pfizer." 

Hilton mentioned the region has exhausted the current allocation of AstraZeneca vaccine, and officials have no confirmation on further allocation timelines. 

Meantime, with the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) causing confusion about the AstraZeneca vaccine, the region's Medical Officer of Health Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang added while there is a risk associated with the shot, the dangers of COVID-19 are far greater. 

"So (public health's) recommendation remains the same ... we have excellent vaccines, and all of these vaccines are essentially all equal in terms of efficacy to prevent serious illness, hospitalizations, and deaths, so that's why (public health) continues to recommend the first vaccine residents are offered to them in Waterloo Region is the best vaccine for them." 

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