People who are getting their first vaccine dose should also be offered an mRNA vaccine unless they have a contraindication or none of those vaccines are available, he said.
But chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam said those models didn't include the highly contagious Delta variant, which she said surged by 66 per cent over the past week.
"It therefore seems that AstraZeneca has intentionally chosen not to use the means at its disposal to manufacture and deliver the disputed vaccines", the ruling said.
NACI also updated its previous recommendation that people at high risk of exposure to, or serious illness from, COVID-19, could opt to get AstraZeneca rather than waiting for Pfizer or Moderna.More news: What is the Catholic Communion Controversy? - WJET / WFXP
If you got AstraZeneca as your first dose, you will still be eligible to receive the same shot as your second dose.
"In Ontario, the AstraZeneca vaccine is now available for those who wish to receive it as a second dose, with informed consent, through select pharmacy and primary care channels".
"Today we were notified that there's some upcoming challenges with the deliver of Pfizer vaccines in July, and as a result, the supply that we'll be receiving in the first two weeks of July is now reduced", Henry said. Almost 66% of the population had received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine as of June 16, although just 15% of the population is fully vaccinated.
NACI recently announced that people who have received one or both doses of the AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccine can rest assured that the vaccine provides good protection against infection and very good protection against severe disease and hospitalization.More news: Almost 119000 AstraZeneca vaccine doses left
The drugmaker AstraZeneca must deliver 80 million coronavirus vaccine doses to the European Union by September 27 or else pay a fine, a Belgian court ruled Friday.
A Belgian court on Friday ordered drugs company AstraZeneca to deliver 50 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine to European Union members by September 27, fewer than Brussels had demanded. The European Commission has said it expects Pfizer to have delivered 250 million doses by the end of June.
The donation won't cost Canada anything, and will be on top of the 44 million doses Canada has purchased directly from Moderna.
"This will open to approximately 2.1 million people in that 50 to 59 group who have not yet had vaccinations".More news: Naftali Bennett takes oath as Israel's new Prime Minister
"Taking vaccines at a time when we are nearing complete vaccination when many developing countries are so far behind makes Canada a vaccine hoarder and leaves Canadians vulnerable to risky variants", said NDP health critic Don Davies.