Pharmacists in Ontario who anticipated to spend the weekend administering 45,000 doses of the AstraZeneca Oxford vaccine, which is expiring, have obtained discover from Well being Canada.
The federal ministry has prolonged the expiration date from Might 31 to July 1, in keeping with a spokeswoman for Ontario Minister of Well being Christine Elliott.
The choice was made “after reviewing the submitted stability information,” stated Elliott’s spokesman on Saturday by e-mail.
The doses, which had been saved for a couple of weeks whereas Ontario was reassessing the security of the vaccine, had been held up by quality control and did not attain pharmacies till Friday.
In an announcement, Well being Canada stated the change will “guarantee provinces and territories are ready to make use of up their current stock and provides Canadians entry to much-needed doses of vaccine”.
Individuals who obtained their first dose between March tenth and nineteenth are entitled to their second dose.