VICTORIA — British Columbia will lengthen the time between first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccine to 4 months because it ramps up its age-based immunization plan.
Provincial well being officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says the change is predicated on the “miraculous” safety of at the very least 90 per cent from the primary dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines.
She says the Nationwide Advisory Committee on Immunization is predicted to situation a press release to align with B.C.’s determination, which might liberate vaccines for youthful age teams.
Beginning at the moment, well being authorities will contact residents and workers of unbiased residing centres, these residing in seniors’ supportive housing in addition to home-care assist shoppers and workers.
Seniors aged 90 and up can name to guide their appointment beginning subsequent Monday, adopted per week later by these aged 85 and over.
Folks 80 and over could have an opportunity to guide their time-slot on March 22.
Folks between 60 and 79 and people aged 16 and up who’re medically weak are anticipated to get their photographs beginning in mid-April by registering for an appointment on-line.
Henry says first responders and important employees could also be eligible to get vaccinated beginning in April because the province additionally decides on a method for the newly approved AstraZeneca vaccine.
This report by The Canadian Press was first printed March 1, 2021.
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