Vietnam sets up Covid-19 vaccine fund

Carla Harmon
May 28, 2021

This will begin with individuals turning 80 and over who will be eligible to book their second dose appointment on May 31 followed by individuals aged 70 and over scheduled to begin the week of June 14.

If a province or territory can't use all its AstraZeneca doses before their expiration date, Hajdu urges them "to communicate with other provinces that may be well positioned to administer these doses within their system".

Depending on supply and appointment availability, the government says that dose intervals could be as short as 28 days-although this only becomes a possibility for those getting their first dose later in the summer.

The health authority dispensed AstraZeneca as first doses to around 73,000 Saskatchewan residents.

"My promise to Manitobans is that as soon as this United Kingdom data comes out, if we see that using an mRNA (Pfizer or Moderna) vaccine for dose two after AstraZeneca is equivalent or better, we will offer you a dose two", Reimer said.

While the government recommends that people who received AstraZeneca get a second dose of the same, it will allow people to opt for a different vaccine for their second shot, but they will have to wait longer between doses.

Ontario put a pause on first dose AstraZeneca shots earlier this month due to an increase in reports of rare blood clots. A 10-week interval can be used with informed consent.

In a letter to her provincial and territorial counterparts, federal Health Minster Patty Hajdu encourages provinces that aren't able to get their AstraZeneca doses into people's arms by the end of the month to give them to provinces that can.

Quebec is shortening the minimum time between first and second doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to eight weeks, Health Minister Christian Dube announced Thursday.

Moeti added that the continent requires additional vaccine doses as a matter of urgency amid supply crunch that has stalled inoculation targeting high-risk groups.

Several of the local pharmacies have not yet received any doses of vaccine, and until they do, are not booking appointments. For those folks, doctors and pharmacists have been instructed to work with patients who received their first doses but are not yet at that 12-week period.

According to the health department, 285 adult vaccination centres have been set up in the province and 1,106,384 persons have received the anti-Covid jabs thus far.

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