Ontarians who received first AstraZeneca shot mid-March can book second dose

Kenya to get 72000 Covid vaccine doses returned by South Sudan

As two-thirds of Torontonians have their first COVID-19 shots, and with the province at large not far behind, calls are growing louder for Ontario to start pushing up the timeline for second doses, especially for the most vulnerable.

The province's Associate Medical Officer of Health Dr. Barbara Yaffe announced Tuesday that a man in his 40s had died a few weeks after getting the first dose of the vaccine at the end of April.

The 63-year-old is the only officially confirmed case of vaccine-induced clotting in Greece, according to the National Organization for Medicines (EOF).

Val Logan, 60, says she called the Toronto pharmacy where she got her first shot to ensure she was on a waitlist for the second dose but was directed to call another location to make her appointment.

The death is the fifth fatal case of VIIT in an AstraZeneca recipient in Canada.

Experts maintain the blood-clotting syndrome associated with the AstraZeneca shot is exceedingly rare and treatable in most cases.

The province is now reporting 16 cases of thrombotic thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS), of which, 13 meet the criteria for VITT.

Almost 49 percent of Cyprus' adult population has received a Covid-19 vaccine shot, and 21 percent are fully vaccinated.

In March, South Sudan received 132,000 doses from Covax but the country's national taskforce on Covid-19 chose to return before they expire after discussing the matter with the World Health Organization (WHO).

The second shots are being moved up by about 2 weeks and being given at the 10 week mark rather than the recommended 12 weeks as the province rushes to use a stockpile of 45,000 doses set to expire in roughly a week. "The good point is that we have lots of people who are eager to get their second doses".

On May 11, the province paused the rollout and administration of first doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

"It's incredibly frustrating from my perspective that I was told there is a rule and then exceptions were applied, and it wasn't given to the group that is the most vulnerable", said Sue.

"We don't want to have people queuing up for the second dose while we have people still waiting for their first dose", he said.

Some Ontarians who are now eligible to receive their second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine are complaining about a lack of clarity around the booking process, even as Solicitor General Sylvia Jones urges those awaiting a second jab to "be a little patient".

"I would really hope that certainly for the seniors most at risk, we would accelerate their second doses and allow them to get it as soon as possible", said CityNews viewer Sue, whom we have agreed to only identify by first name.

In a statement provided to CP24 on Tuesday afternoon, a spokesperson for Minister of Health Christine Elliott said that pharmacies chosen to administer second doses will be listed on the province's website when they are ready to accept appointments.



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