Option for Earlier Interval Between First and Second Dose of COVID-19 Vaccination

Jul 15, 2021

Western Health is advising that individuals can now receive their second dose of COVID-19 vaccination 28 days after their first dose.

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Option for Earlier Interval Between First and Second Dose of COVID-19 Vaccination

(Corner Brook, NL: July 15, 2021) Western Health is advising that individuals can now receive their second dose of COVID-19 vaccination 28 days after their first dose.

Emerging evidence suggests a longer dosing interval may increase and prolong the immune response to the vaccine which is why an eight-week interval is recommended, however Western Health recognizes there may be specific situations that require an individual to receive the vaccine before the recommended eight-week interval. This is still in keeping with guidance from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI).

To be fully vaccinated means you are 14 days past your second dose of a two-dose vaccine, such as Pfizer, Moderna, or Astra Zeneca, or 14 days past the dose of a single dose vaccine, such as Johnson and Johnson. Being fully vaccinated protects you from severe illness associated with COVID-19 and makes it much less likely that you can transmit the virus to others.

The provincial Department of Health and Community Services assures everyone that both mRNA vaccines, Pfizer and Moderna, are safe and effective, and asks individuals to take the vaccine offered. It is common practice in vaccination programs to interchange brands. The sooner the majority of the population is fully vaccinated, the sooner we can get back to doing the things that we love such as attend gatherings and events, participating in sports, and travelling. The department’s advisory is available at https://www.gov.nl.ca/releases/2021/health/0715n01/

To book an appointment at one of the available clinics throughout the Western Health region, please visit www.gov.nl.ca/covid-9/vaccine/gettheshot. If you experience issues with the vaccine booking site, please open Google Chrome and clear your web browsing cache by clicking Ctrl and F5. It is important that you cancel a previously booked appointment when you book your new one. You can cancel your appointment through the email confirmation of your previously booked appointment.

Western Health strongly encourages all residents to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are interchangeable for second doses. If you received a first dose of an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna), you can get either mRNA vaccine for your second dose.

If you received a first dose of AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, you can get AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD or an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) for your second dose.

Individuals 12 to 17 years of age are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine only.

Some physicians and pharmacists are available to provide second doses of COVID-19 vaccine. Please contact your local clinic/pharmacy for appointment times.

You should not schedule an appointment for a vaccine if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. Instead, complete a COVID-19 Assessment and referral by clicking here.
 

For up-to-date information on the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit www.gov.nl.ca/covid-19.

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Media Contact:
Connie Boland
Communication Officer
Western Health 
T: 784-6419

Email: connieboland@westernhealth.nl.ca