Ottawa to delay second doses of COVID-19 vaccine as supply dwindles

Article Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/ottawa-to-delay-second-doses-covid-19-vaccine-as-supply-dwindles-1.5881511

The City of Ottawa says it has to delay second doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for some people who have already received their first shot due to a temporary shortage of vaccines. Anthony Di Monte, general manager of emergency and protective services, said Wednesday some long-term care home and retirement home staff, residents and essential caregivers will have to wait up to 27 days, or nearly a week longer than the 21-day period that’s recommended. For others who received their first vaccine, they may have to wait up to 42 days, he said. The federal government announced on Friday Canada would be getting fewer COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech over the next few weeks because the company has to make changes to a production line in Belgium to grow its manufacturing capacity.