Second doses after eight weeks – Dr. Bonnie

Second doses after eight weeks – Dr. Bonnie

BC health officials announced Thursday most people in the province should now be able to receive a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine within eight weeks of their first.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry made the announcement at a news conference Thursday, saying everyone in BC should be able to receive a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by the end of the summer as the province strives to reach Step 4 of its reopening plan by September.

The province is still setting 16 weeks as the maximum interval between doses.

So far, Henry said, three million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in BC.

Henry said that some people who received a first dose of the Moderna vaccine may receive a second dose of Pfizer because of ongoing challenges with supplies of Moderna. She said advice is coming for people who received a first dose of AstraZeneca on which vaccine they should receive for their second dose.

“We don’t have all the information yet but we expect to have that very soon,” she said. “We will have enough of the AstraZeneca vaccine to provide second doses for everybody who wants that.”

Second doses are now being administered to long-term care home residents and staff. As of Thursday, people aged 70 and above and people who are clinically vulnerable will be invited to book second dose appointments.

Henry said anyone who received their vaccine before April 15, before the province’s online vaccine registration system was launched, should register online to receive an email or text notification of their second dose appointment.

BC will also begin allowing indoor faith services of up to 50 people and overnight camps for youth will be allowed this summer, she said.

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