Coronavirus: Ontario pharmacies waiting on AstraZeneca vaccine shipments

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Coronavirus: lbertans who received AstraZeneca vaccine asked to call 811 to book second COVID-19 shot
Coronavirus: lbertans who received AstraZeneca vaccine asked to call 811 to book second COVID-19 shot

Ontario residents who received their first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine between March 10 and March 19 became eligible on Monday to book an appointment for their second shot.

However, some expressed frustration with a lack of available bookings and vaccine supply.

Last week, a spokesperson for the Ontario Ministry of Health told Global News around 100,000 people received their first dose of AstraZeneca during that time frame.

There are approximately 55,000 doses in the province set to expire at the end of May.

Ontario Pharmacists Association CEO Justin Bates said approximately 31,000 doses are located in community pharmacies.

Many locations have been able to administer a minimum of 40 shots per day. Bates said it is likely each of the Toronto locations will receive anywhere from 300 to 500 doses.

After temporarily pausing use of the viral-vector vaccine the week prior, the province greenlit the second doses on Friday. The pharmacy announcement immediately applies to Toronto, Kingston and Windsor, which were part of the initial rollout.

A number of primary care settings also received doses.

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