Ontario opens second injection booking for people who received AstraZeneca in mid-March –

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Ontario opens second injection booking for people who received AstraZeneca in mid-March – fr


TORONTO – Residents of Ontario who received a first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in mid-March will be able to book their second injection this week as the province seeks to deplete its stock before it expires.

The best doctor in the province said last week that those who received their first injection of AstraZeneca between March 10 and March 19 in a pilot project at some pharmacies and doctors’ offices will be given priority for the second dose.

Although the recommended interval between injections is at least 12 weeks, the second injection is offered to this group after 10 weeks to use 45,000 doses which will expire in about a week.

Another 10,000 doses of AstraZeneca are due to expire next month.

The province currently has over 300,000 doses in stock.

Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health, said the shorter interval was safe and offered strong protection against COVID-19.

The province said those who received their first dose of AstraZeneca after March 19 will be able to book their second in the near future, but no further details have been provided so far.

AstraZeneca has been linked to rare, life-threatening blood clots, which prompted several provinces to recently stop using it pending further research.

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