Stop Making People Wait for Up to Four Full Months for the Second Jab
“Four months is the longest possible safe delay in between the two shots, according to the National Advisory Committee on Immunization, while Pfizer and Moderna recommend getting the second dose about three weeks after the first.” – Ontario NDP Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath
A News Release from the Office of Ontario’s Official Opposition Leader
Posted May 11th, 2021 on Niagara At Large
NDP Leader Andrea Horwath is calling for a comprehensive plan to be released urgently for speeding up second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine
QUEEN’S PARK — Official Opposition NDP Leader Andrea Horwath is calling for a comprehensive plan to be released urgently for speeding up second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
“People are anxious and frustrated, knowing their second vaccine appointment isn’t until a full four months after their first, or not knowing how the heck they’re going to find a second appointment within the right time frame,” said Horwath.
“With supply rolling in, it’s wrong to force everyone to wait until the very last minute it’s medically acceptable to get the second dose. And it’s wrong to drag this out into the fall when we can do better.”
Four months is the longest possible safe delay in between the two shots, according to the National Advisory Committee on Immunization, while Pfizer and Moderna recommend getting the second dose about three weeks after the first.
Health Minister Christine Elliott has said the Ford government “may” shorten the interval — but hasn’t released any information about booking and re-booking millions of appointments.
“People should not have to wait four months, until the very last second,” said Horwath.
“We need a plan to book millions of people’s appointments, rather than continuing the scavenger-hunt system in place now. We need a plan to re-book millions of people’s second-dose appointments so they get their second shot quicker. We need a second-dose play book that’s far less chaotic and less sloppy than the first dose rollout has been.”
Horwath previously called for vulnerable people and those most at risk to be prioritized and exempt from the four-month delay so they can be fully protected as soon as possible, including seniors.
A Brief Footnote from Doug Draper, at Niagara At Large –
In a March 1st, 2021 story in The Washington Post on questoins over extending the length of time for the second dose of vaccines like Modern and Pfizer, the following lines n the story reflect the views of Dr. Anthony Fauci on the subject –
‘Dr. Anthony Fauci said the science doesn’t support delaying a second dose for those vaccines, citing research that a two-shot regimen creates enough protection to help fend off variants of the coronavirus that are more transmissible, whereas a single shot could leave Americans at risk from variants such as the one first detected in South Africa. He also said there is insufficient evidence of the benefit of a single Pfizer or Moderna dose — or data showing how long the immunity conferred by one shot would last. “You don’t know how durable that protection is,” he said.
I will take the words of Dr. Anthony Fauci over Ontario Premier Doug Ford on anything to do with the medical science around addressing this killer virus – NO CONTEST!
Doug Draper, journalist, Niagara At Large
To read some related reports, containing questions and concerns by leading infectious disease and medical experts about signifcantly expanding the gap of time between taking the first and second dose of COVID-19 vaccines like Pfizer and Moderna, click on the following links –
On plans by Ontario’s Ford government to delay second dose up to four months – https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/windsor-regional-hospital-vaccine-extension-1.5941779 .
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