Waterloo region pharmacies band together after replacing AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines – fr

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Waterloo region pharmacies band together after replacing AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines – fr


WATERLOO – Pharmacies in the Waterloo region are readjusting their operations after switching from AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to MRA vaccines manufactured by Pfizer and Moderna.

Last week, the province announced that the viral vector vaccine would no longer be offered as a first dose, resulting in hundreds of canceled appointments.

“I had my name on the AstraZeneca list and didn’t get the call until they were exhausted,” said Jane Crawford, who ended up getting the shot on Saturday. “I was pretty happy with that.”

Lack of supply in the province has led many pharmacies to run out of vaccines for weeks, and regional pharmacies serving only AstraZeneca have been left empty-handed.

“A lot of these people have been postponed,” said Patty Vamvakitis of Pharmasave Carriage Crossing. “Some of them managed to get vaccinated either through public health at that time or through other means.

Carriage Crossing now offers doses of Moderna and reschedules those who were to receive AstraZeneca.

“Other people who were on our waiting list were called to make sure we were on the list,” Vamvakitis said.

Pharmacist Pascal Niccoli of the Conestoga Malle Shoppers Drug Mart now offers the Pfizer vaccine.

“Pfizer is a bit more of a challenge in terms of storage and stability,” she said. “It may take a little longer in terms of management, but we haven’t had any problems the last few days. “

Niccoli adds that demand for AstraZeneca was just as high as it is now, but some patients say they are happy they missed that window.

“I think I would have, but even if it was that little risk of a blood clot, I think it would have weighed on me for the first few weeks after getting the vaccine,” Crawford said.

On Friday, most pharmacies in the Waterloo region received between 100 and 180 doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. For the most part, these will all be gone by the end of Saturday.

Pharmacists say they don’t know when they will receive their next shipment, but Public Health said they expect a larger shipment to arrive this week.

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