Ontario pharmacists who anticipated to spend the weekend racing to manage 45,000 doses of the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine set to run out have been given a reprieve from Well being Canada.
The federal division has prolonged the expiry date from Could 31 to July 1, in response to a spokesperson for Ontario Well being Minister Christine Elliott.
The choice was made “following the evaluate of submitted stability knowledge,” Elliott’s spokesperson stated through electronic mail on Saturday.
The doses, which sat in storage for a number of weeks whereas Ontario re-evaluated the protection of the vaccine, had been held up by high quality checks and solely reached pharmacies on Friday.
In an announcement, Well being Canada stated the change “will make sure that provinces and territories are ready to make use of up their present stock and supply Canadians entry to much-needed doses of vaccine.”
Individuals who acquired their first dose between March 10 and March 19 are eligible for his or her second dose.