British Columbia shortens vaccine dose interval to eight weeks –

British Columbia shortens vaccine dose interval to eight weeks – fr

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – British Columbia is shortening the wait between the first and second dose of COVID-19 vaccine for those who receive Pfizer or Moderna for their first injection. They will only have to wait eight weeks to be fully vaccinated.

The province previously required 16 weeks between doses, in an effort to get more first doses in the arms of British Columbians faster. This interval was then reduced to 13 weeks. Now it’s just eight o’clock.

“Approximately 400,000 people over the age of 70 and extremely vulnerable clinically will begin receiving their invitations today,” said Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health administrator Thursday.

Over 3 million doses of vaccine have been administered, of which 156,730 are second doses.

Henry says this equates to 65.8 percent of adults and 62 percent of eligible British Columbians aged 12 and older who have received at least one dose.

Mix and match vaccines

Henry says people who get their COVID-19 vaccine through the age-based program may get a different mark for their second dose.

Since Moderna’s shipments have been less consistent than Pfizer’s, this would mostly apply to people who received Moderna first.

These two vaccines are both messenger RNA vaccines and work similarly.

“It’s safe and it works if you first received a Moderna vaccine that you can receive a Pfizer vaccine for your second dose. This is the approach we will take whenever possible, ”said Henry.

Henry notes “it’s always better to have the same product for the first and second doses,” but sometimes that isn’t possible. She cites an adverse reaction to the first dose or perhaps supply issues as reasons that could arise.

“We will try to make sure everyone gets the second dose with the same product as their first dose. But… people who receive Moderna at one of the mass clinics or large community clinics may be offered Pfizer for their second dose. And I would encourage people to take the Pfizer, if it is offered, ”she said.

As for AstraZeneca, Henry expects to share further advice on second doses of this vaccine.

“I want to assure people that we will have enough AstraZeneca vaccine to provide second doses to anyone who wants them,” she said, adding that the province has suspended the program for this vaccine in order to preserve the supply. for the second doses.

“It doesn’t expire until the end of June, so we still have a little bit of time for people to make their best decision,” she said.

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British Columbia’s four-step plan to lift restrictions in the coming months depends heavily on vaccination rates, as well as daily cases and number of hospitalizations.

COVID-19 cases, related deaths recorded on Thursday

British Columbia recorded 378 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, an increase from the previous three days, with each recording fewer than 300 cases.

Seven other people have died, for a total of 1,690 since the start of the pandemic.

“Of the seven people who have died in the past few days, one was in their 60s, three in their 60s and three were seniors and people over the age of 80,” Henry said.

There are 286 people hospitalized with COVID-19, including 88 who are in intensive care – that’s out of 3,543 active cases.


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