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B.C. offers Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine to people age 30 and up

VICTORIA — People age 30 and older may now receive the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in British Columbia, starting with hot spots for transmission. 

Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry say in a statement on Tuesday the vaccine will be made available across the province as B.C. receives enough doses to add more pharmacy appointments.

Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization recommended last week that the vaccine may be offered to people 30 and up who don’t want to wait for an approved mRNA vaccine, and if certain other conditions are met.

Those conditions include a benefit-risk analysis, informed consent, and that there would be a substantial delay to receive an mRNA vaccine. 

B.C. confirmed 799 new cases of COVID-19 and no new deaths on Tuesday.

There are now 8,089 active infections in the province and hospitalizations have ticked up to 500, including 164 people in intensive care.

The province’s age-based immunization program is now open to people age 59 and up, while a concurrent program aimed at workers is underway. 

B.C. has administered more than 1.6 million doses of three approved COVID-19 vaccines, of which 89,457 are second doses.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 27, 2021. 

The Canadian Press