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Manitoba approves different second dose after AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

WINNIPEG — Manitoba residents who got the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine can now get a second dose of a different vaccine. 

The province says it has approved the use of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna as a second dose option for people who are eligible. 

Dr. Joss Reimer, who is leading the province’s vaccine rollout, says the decision was made following the results of a study from Spain and seeing decisions made in Quebec and other countries. 

Manitoba has reported 303 new cases and one more death from COVID-19.

The province is also continuing to see a significant surge of infections that’s putting pressure on the health-care system. 

There are 308 people in hospital and 71 intensive-care patients in Manitoba due to COVID-19, as well as 36 more people who have been transferred out of province for care.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 31, 2021. 

The Canadian Press