13,000 doses of up to date Moderna vaccine on strategy to P.E.I., with extra to come back
Prince Edward Island will probably be receiving its first cargo of the newly authorised up to date Moderna vaccine subsequent week, in response to an electronic mail Friday afternoon from the province’s Division of Well being and Wellness vaccine.
On Thursday, Well being Canada approved the Moderna Spikevax Bivalent vaccine — which targets each Omicron variants and the unique coronavirus that causes COVID-19 — to be used with folks aged 18 and up.
The P.E.I. authorities assertion stated 3,400 doses will arrive the week of Sept. 5, with 9,600 doses coming the subsequent week adopted by extra shipments all through September.
Nonetheless, the assertion stated people who find themselves eligible for a fall booster dose — particularly these at greater threat of extreme outcomes from COVID-19 — mustn’t postpone vaccination appointments they have already got so as to carry out for the brand new vaccine.
“The unique and new vaccines are efficient in decreasing the danger of extreme sickness from the Omicron variants and subvariants. Our COVID-19 immunization technique has been efficient in defending Islanders from the virus and we should keep diligent in persevering with to get vaccinated,” the assertion stated.
“All forms of the COVID-19 vaccines are simpler than not having any doses of vaccine for cover.”
The assertion stated bivalent boosters will supply the best potential safety as COVID-19 turns into endemic, that means it is going to be often discovered among the many inhabitants as time goes on.
“With a purpose to keep forward of one other doable wave of an infection as we transfer into the autumn, it is vital to be up-to-date and have a booster that might present broad safety towards totally different variants, even ones the vaccine was not particularly designed to combat towards,” the assertion stated.
Well being-care suppliers on P.E.I. are being informed they may obtain extra data subsequent week about ordering the up to date Moderna vaccine.