EDITORIAL – Bungled messaging on AstraZeneca will hurt vaccine rollout


An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

CANADIANS CAN BE FORGIVEN for feeling exasperated over the advice they’re getting on COVID-19 vaccines.

The story is a familiar one. Health experts forcefully say we should do a certain thing, only to change their minds. Either that, or one expert says one thing and another says something else.

The newest example is the AstraZeneca vaccine. Despite concerns, health authorities across the country have been telling us to take it if we can get it. As long as we’re in the right age group, of course.

The benefits far outweigh the risks, they’ve said. Take the first vaccine we’re offered, they’ve said.


Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC, publishes the opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at

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