Canadians will finally be able to get a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine with a product other than the one they received in the first dose, as mandated by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI).
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The news, reported in the morning by the media in English Canada, will be officially announced at noon Tuesday at a press conference.
Under the announcement, Canadians should be able to receive a vaccine of the same type they received in their first dose, without preference for the product. Consequently, people who received a messenger RNA vaccine such as those from Moderna or Pfizer / BioNTech will be able to receive any of these vaccines as a second dose, without preference.
However, it must be remembered that the CCNI only has an advisory role and that it is up to the provinces to decide next.
At the end of May, the committee nonetheless took a stand against mixing vaccines, but partially opened the door to this idea that would facilitate the vaccination campaign from a logistical point of view.
Manitoba did not wait for NACI’s advice. Prairie Province – currently hardest hit by the virus in the country – has announced that it will allow the use of the Pfizer and Moderne vaccines for second doses of people who have been primarily vaccinated with AstraZenaca or its Indian version, Coffeeshield. .