Ebene News – CA – Rush for appointments for AstraZeneca vaccine at BC pharmacies good sign: expert

The expert thinks it’s a good song to see so many people interested in the AstraZeneca vaccine, despite recent concerns

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Reservations are supposed to start Wednesday, but at least one major BC drugstore chain says it had already filled all its appointments Tuesday night for people aged 55 to 65 who want AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

The provincial government gave a one-day notice on Tuesday that the age group could start receiving AstraZeneca vaccines at 150 pharmacies in the Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Health areas But it looks like London Drugs has started taking reservations right away, filling all available time slots on Tuesday night and asking people to stop calling its pharmacies directly

In a statement, London Drugs says its phone lines “were inundated with clients wishing to make appointments” as soon as the province made the announcement

“In the three stores where we have received vaccines so far, these pharmacies immediately began recording information on eligible patients aged 55 to 65 for appointments,” the statement read. p>

“As soon as new stocks become available, we will open our online reservation in the same way we would with routine flu vaccinations,” he adds. “We are ready to vaccinate as many people as possible and expect more information on the increase in allocations to be provided in the coming days”

“There is so much concern as to how there has been an erosion of public trust with this vaccine, with a lot of gaps in messaging and communication, then a rare safety issue but not nil, so it’s good to hear that people who are ready to receive this vaccine in the age group 55 and over, ”says Dr. Isaac Bogoch, infectious disease researcher at the University of Toronto

“Ultimately it’s a good vaccine We are seeing how it is genuinely contributing to the transformation of the epidemic in the UK It has enormous potential to reduce the risk of infection and even those who contract it. infection, it’s proven that with AstraZeneca people just don’t have such a severe infection I’m really happy that people are lining up to get it, ”he adds

“As of March 31, 2021, people aged 55 to 65 will be able to call their local pharmacy and make an appointment to receive their vaccine” This from the gvmnt website How were all the appts filled if reservation not available until tomorrow? How did people find out about pharmacy locations? @LizaYuzda

Bogoch says negative headlines about AstraZeneca vaccine linked to blood clots in small number of patients can’t be ignored, but vaccine still could do huge good

“I think the big message here is that it is clear that people still want this vaccine and it is very positive It is extremely effective and it will help at the individual level and, of course, at the level of the population when more and more people get vaccinated, ”he told NEWS 1130

“I think the real test will not be today or this week, but in the weeks and weeks to come to see if the demand for this vaccine remains high There is still such a shortage of vaccines in a large part of the country that there is still a significant demand But as more and more people get vaccinated, will this demand for this particular vaccine remain high? I don’t know “

Starting Wednesday, eligible British Columbians in the Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health areas can call eligible pharmacies to make an appointment to receive the vaccine

People must bring their personal health number, which is on the BC Service Card or CareCard

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Ebene News – CA – Rush for appointments for AstraZeneca vaccine at BC pharmacies good sign: expert

Source: https://www.citynews1130.com/2021/03/31/astrazeneca-vaccine-appointments-bc-pharmacies-good-sign-expert/