Ontario likely to give mixed doses of COVID vaccine due to AstraZeneca shortage: Minister – fr

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Ontario likely to give mixed doses of COVID vaccine due to AstraZeneca shortage: Minister – fr


Quebec has also announced plans to mix vaccines due to supply shortages, replacing the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine with Moderna vaccines.

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TORONTO – Ontario will likely mix and match COVID-19 vaccine doses in light of the uncertain future supply of all vaccines approved for use in Canada.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says it is likely that recipients of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine could receive a different injection for their second dose.

The province is awaiting the results of a British study on mixing different vaccines and on the advice of a federal vaccination panel.

Quebec also said it plans to mix vaccines due to supply shortages, replacing the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine with Moderna vaccines to quickly give booster shots to long-term care residents.

It is not known when more Oxford-AstraZeneca shots will arrive, but Ontario expects millions of Pfizer-BioNTech shots in the coming weeks.

Biologist and science communicator Samantha Yammine says some Canadians who have already received the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine may take comfort in knowing they have a choice of a different dose.

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She says the pandemic has given rise to an “infodemic,” with a flood of advice on areas such as the low risk of blood clots from viral vector injections compared to mRNA vaccines.

Even with more mRNA vaccines on the way, Yammine says Canada should be careful not to dismiss vaccines like the one from Oxford-AstraZeneca because they are important in ending the global pandemic.

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization has sparked controversy by recommending that Canadians who are not at high risk of COVID-19 wait until a dose of Pfizer-BioNtech or Moderna becomes available, calling them ‘preferred’ vaccines .

The comments drew sharp criticism from public health officials and members of the public, and the committee chair said last week that the recommendation was not “retrospective” and that those who had received the vaccine AstraZeneca had done what it took to protect themselves and Their families.

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