Ontarians who received the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine in March reported scheduling headaches and a lack of clarity as they attempted to schedule their second jabs on Tuesday.
Those who received their first AstraZeneca shots between March 10 and March 19 as part of a pharmacy pilot project are being prioritized as the province scrambles to use a stockpile of 45,000 doses that is set to expire in about a week.
Ontario recently halted the distribution of the first doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine due to an increased risk of extremely rare blood clots. Ontario has more than 300,000 doses of the vaccine in stock. Those who got their first dose after March 19 will be able to book their second in the near future. Ontario reported 1,039 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday and 1,446 new cases on Monday. Eight deaths were caused by the virus on Sunday and 33 on Monday; 692 people were in intensive care on Tuesday, Health Ministry says.
The province has said it will use AstraZeneca as a second dose only for those aged 60-64. Ontario did not release its daily report on viruses on the Victoria Day holiday on Monday because of safety concerns.