Ontario clarifies AstraZeneca advice as Waterloo leads in new COVID-19 cases

Modesto Morganelli
Giugno 19, 2021

Of those, 823,371 are second doses.

Workers unload a shipment of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the FedEx hub at Pearson International Airport in Toronto on Thursday, May 20, 2021.

The post from B.C.'s premier comes a day after Henry said there is no wrong choice for a second COVID-19 vaccine dose, despite recommendations from a federal panel that people who received the AstraZeneca shot first should choose Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna for the second.

Alexandra Hilkene, a spokesperson for Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott, said AstraZeneca vaccine is now available for those who wish to receive it as a second dose, with informed consent, through select pharmacy and primary care channels.

He said more than 4.2 million people in B.C. have received their first COVID-19 vaccine, which amounts to 76.5 per cent of adults or 74.8 per cent of all those eligible aged 12 and above.

"If you had AstraZeneca for your first dose, you can safely take either AstraZeneca, Moderna or Pfizer for your second dose for strong protection", she said.

"I wish to emphasize that people who received two doses of the AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccine can rest assured that the vaccine they received provides good protection against infection and very good protection against severe disease and hospitalization", said Tam.

Quebec was not moving to follow NACI's advice.

Henry said people in B.C. can feel safe that picking AstraZeneca for their vaccine "was a good choice to make".

Walk-ins for the other two approved vaccines, AstraZeneca and Moderna, will continue. Both Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are authorized for use in Canada and use a similar mRNA technology, so the vaccines are interchangeable and safe to mix.

Canada has been heavily criticized for buying three times as many doses of COVID-19 vaccine than it needs and not sharing any doses from its own direct purchase agreements with vaccine makers.

"Taking vaccines at a time when we are nearing complete vaccination when many developing countries are so far behind makes Canada a vaccine hoarder and leaves Canadians vulnerable to risky variants", said NDP health critic Don Davies.

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