Pressure mounts to start second doses of COVID-19 vaccine


The province's Associate Medical Officer of Health Dr. Barbara Yaffe confirmed the death during a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, noting that the man had recieved his first dose of the vaccine sometime in late April.

Lead author of the report David Werring, professor of clinical neurology at UCL, says the most common form of vaccine-induced clots is still CVST, but the reason behind this remains unknown.

VITT is incredibly rare according to health professionals, occuring at a rate of between 1 case per 26,000 to 1 case per 127,000 doses of AstraZeneca globally.

Others reported similar challenges, with pharmacies that administered their first shots not offering the second, and some said they were unsure where to call to book their second doses.

Meanwhile, satay operator Hezlinda Md Samsudin, 46, said she was grateful that eventually she could register for the AstraZeneca vaccination for herself and her daughter 55 minutes after the registration opened.

The province has said those who got their first dose of AstraZeneca after March 19 will be able to book their second in the near future, but no additional details have been provided so far.

"I am asking people to be a little bit patient", she said.

The AstraZeneca vaccine inoculation is scheduled to be held between June 7 to July 27 for the first dose of the vaccine.

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).

"There is a small connection of thrombosis in women under 40 with the AstraZeneca vaccine", Panagiotopoulou said, but health experts in Cyprus stopped short of pointing to a medical mechanism or health factor that could cause the rare blood clot. "I want to reiterate that people who received the dose should feel very confident about their health". "So it's not that it's a hazard to get it earlier, it's just that the data we have is that it may not be as beneficial".

Justin Bates, CEO of the Ontario Pharmacists Association, said on Tuesday that "a few" Toronto pharmacies will receive vaccine supply today with the vast majority receiving their doses on Wednesday. "The good point is that we have lots of people who are looking eager to get their second dose".

Bates says pharmacists will reach out to eligible patients who can then start booking appointments as early as Wednesday and Thursday.

The province initially delayed second doses beyond the recommended three- and four-week intervals to ensure as many residents as possible could be partially protected as the third wave of the virus swept through communities.