Pharmacists rush to use expired AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines as expiration approaches –

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Pharmacists rush to use expired AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines as expiration approaches – fr


TORONTO – Pharmacists are rushing this weekend to administer thousands of doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine before they expire in a few days.

Ontario has tried to redistribute a stock of 45,000 doses expiring Monday and another 10,000 that deteriorate in June.

But quality checks delayed the delivery of thousands of shots, and many were only delivered yesterday.

Justin Bates, the head of the Ontario Pharmacists Association, said participating pharmacies will work hard over the weekend to avoid waste, with three full days to complete vaccinations.

The province suspended use of the AstraZeneca vaccine earlier this month due to an increase in reports of rare but fatal blood clots.

This week, the province began offering it for a second injection to people who received the dose between March 10 and 19 at pharmacies in Toronto, Windsor and Kingston, and in some primary care offices.

About 90,000 people participated in the AstraZeneca pilot between March 10 and 19.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on May 29, 2021.

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