More than 11,000 doses of COVID vaccines are scheduled to arrive in the province this coming week as Ottawa steps up distribution after delays at the manufacturing level earlier this month.
The shipments include 9360 doses of the Pfizer vaccine and 2400 doses of the Moderna vaccine. The province is scheduled to receive 9360 doses of the Pfizer vaccine each week through the end of March. Supplies of the Moderna vaccine beyond this week have not been finalized.
Health Minister Dorothy Shephard and Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr Jennifer Russell announced earlier this week the vaccination rollout was being revised to get more people immunized with at least one dose of the vaccines. Originally the second dose was being administered within 21 to 28 days of receiving the first dose. That will change to a maximum of 90 days in most cases. Shephard says getting all residents of long term care facilities and their staff vaccinated as quickly as possible remains a top priority.