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Got AstraZeneca as a first dose? You have a choice for your second

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry released the following statement Thursday for those who received AstraZeneca for their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine:

“Today, we are sharing the details of the AstraZeneca Dose 2 approach, which is based on scientific evidence and the guidance of the National Advisory Committee on Immunization and our own B.C. immunization committee.

“If you have received the AstraZeneca vaccine, you have the choice to get another AstraZeneca vaccine, or you can choose to have an mRNA vaccine instead.

“Starting this coming Monday, and like the mRNA vaccines, everyone who has received the AstraZeneca vaccine will be notified to book their second vaccine after eight weeks. Once that notification goes out, you can book your vaccine.

“If you received your vaccine at a pharmacy, the pharmacy will contact you to book your next appointment. We ask that you please don’t contact the pharmacies to book – they will contact you.

“If you decide to have an mRNA vaccine instead, you’ll be able to book online for an appointment at one of our mass clinics.

“Every dose equals a vaccine appointment and we’re using every available dose of vaccine we have – every week. Because so many people in B.C. are signing up to get their vaccines, our clinics are busy, which may mean your appointment could be two or three weeks after you are invited to book.

“What is important to know is that we have available supply for everyone over 12 in B.C. to be fully immunized with their first and second doses by the end of August.

“Just as using your layers of protection has helped to keep our communities safe, so too does getting fully immunized. Together, we will all safely and confidently move forward to brighter days ahead.”

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