British Columbia switches to 8-week interval for second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine –

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British Columbia switches to 8-week interval for second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine – fr


British Columbia public health officials announced Thursday that people will be offered the second dose of a Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine about eight weeks after the first dose.

Due to an increase in vaccine supply, the gap is narrowing by 13 weeks, down from the original 16-week plan.

This means that over 400,000 British Columbians will be contacted over the next few days to reserve a second photo.

At a press conference, Dr. Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Officer, urged everyone to make sure they are registered in the province’s immunization system.

“What we don’t have in the registration system is an email or phone number, which means if you are not in the system you cannot receive the SMS or the automatic call. We are sending letters and you will receive a letter from me. It might just be a little delayed, ”Henry said.

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The order of receiving the second doses will be based on the same principles as the first dose, according to Henry.

This means that people over 70, indigenous peoples and those who are clinically extremely vulnerable will be given priority.

To date, 3,032,811 doses of vaccine have been administered in British Columbia, of which 156,730 are secondary doses. About two-thirds of all adults have received at least one dose.

Due to a Moderna vaccine shortage, officials said those who received Moderna in the first dose would receive Pfizer if needed.

For remote communities where Moderna has been used, the goal will be to use the current supply of Moderna in British Columbia for second doses.

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“While it’s always preferable, now we have good evidence that you can have an alternative of the same kind,” Henry said.

“I would encourage taking Pfizer if it is offered. We know it is safe and works just as well. “

As for those who have received AstraZeneca, the province will not yet close the gap to eight weeks. Henry said details will come next week as to whether those who received AstraZeneca as a first dose can mix and match and receive Pfizer as a second dose.

Everyone in British Columbia will be offered a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine before the end of August, Henry said.


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