Individuals have the right to decide if they want the same COVID-19 vaccine they received for their first dose, or if they are fine with receiving a different variety for the second dose.

According to Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, if an individual arrives at a vaccination clinic offering both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, they have the right to request the same vaccine they received for their first dose.

The EOHU is planning to cease its large, public COVID-19 vaccination clinics by August 27 due to the high rate of vaccination among residents of the region. The clinics have been held in various community centres and arenas. Individuals who had second dose appointments booked for after August 27 need to make a new appointment at a date before August 27. This must be done by using the provincial booking website for Ontario .

There were 11 active cases of COVID-19 across the EOHU’s territory as of July 28.