Ontario youth 12 and up can book vaccine appointments starting Sunday

Stephane Bancel chief executive officer of Moderna Therapeutics Inc at the company's office in Cambridge Massachusetts

Stephane Bancel chief executive officer of Moderna Therapeutics Inc at the company's office in Cambridge Massachusetts

Don't expect Saskatchewan to start handing out second doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines just yet because the province is still mulling over its plans and waiting on some information before it goes ahead. "So please, if you and your family are not vaccinated yet book an appointment as soon as possible".

The safety group said that most cases appear to be mild and they're continuing to follow up on cases.

Meanwhile, Transport Minister Omar Alghabra says Canada is extending its ban on incoming flights from India and Pakistan for another month through June 21.

"We know that this is not the right time to loosen any measures right now", Alghabra said.

Public Health Ontario says the remaining inventory of AstraZeneca vaccines will be used as second doses.

The nation has gradually seen the vaccine campaign ramping up over the past few months, this week alone seeing 4.5-million doses delivered from Pfizer and Moderna.

"This is a very good vaccine that has provided tremendous impact in the United Kingdom and other countries", he said.

Canada's chief public health officer wrote on Twitter on Sunday that more than 2.5 million Canadians received a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine between May 9 and May 15.

"So for the vast majority, the recommendation would be to get the same vaccine as the second dose".

"We look forward to seeing more data about these cases, so we can better understand if they are related to the vaccine or if they are coincidental", said Dr. Yvonne Maldonado, chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics's Committee on Infectious Diseases.

Pharmacies across Ontario are ready to administer the second shot of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine before 55,000 doses expire on May 31.

Visit covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations for a list of pharmacies offering Pfizer.

Quebec reported 752 new cases and nine more deaths, but none in the past 24 hours, while Saskatchewan had 173 cases and two deaths.

The news announcement said those who choose next week to book their second dose in the coming week, will be getting it at a 10-week interval period, and not the 12-week period which is considered an optimal period.

So, if a person's first dose was an mRNA vaccine, their second dose should also be an mRNA vaccine. "If not, it should been vaccinated", Sir Richard said.

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