Which COVID-19 vaccine should you get? Canadaâ€™s expert panel says, â€˜That depends ...â€™
2021-05-04 from thestar.com
OTTAWA—You would be forgiven for thinking this whole vaccine rollout business is confusing, Canada, because it is. Chaotic, confusing and contradictory.
Questions about COVID-19 vaccinations — Where to get a first shot? How long to wait for a second shot? Does your second dose need to be the same vaccine as your first? Which restrictions will ease once you are vaccinated? — are all taking on new urgency as the national rollout picks up speed this week.
Adding to the confusion, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) said Monday that Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose Janssen vaccine, like AstraZeneca’s double-dose vaccine, is safe for use by people over 30 if they can’t wait for one of the two “preferred” vaccines, the mRNA made shots by Pfizer and Moderna.
All four vaccines are approved by Health Canada as safe and effective for people aged 18 and over, based on clinical trial evidence.
But as millions of vaccines were jabbed into arms, the “real-world” picture shifted slightly for the viral vector vaccines made by AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson.
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