IS ASTRAZENECA REALLY a second-rate vaccine? The latest messaging from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) would certainly have you believe that.
For weeks, health officials have made clear that those who got AstraZeneca for their first shots would have the option of either another AstraZeneca dose or a dose of one of the mRNA vaccines — Pfizer or Moderna — for shot number two.
Dr. Bonnie Henry told us in B.C. that there was some evidence that mixing and matching might even be better – but she still advised everyone that the best vaccine was the first one you could get.
The overarching message was clear: it’s up to us, because there are no bad choices. Both types of vaccine available to Canadians will provide strong protection from COVID-19.
NACI’s message this week — that mRNA vaccines are preferred — threw that completely into disarray, creating two different classes of vaccine.
James Peters is the radio anchor at CFJC, coming to Kamloops in 2006. He anchors the afternoon news on B-100 and 98.3 CIFM, and contributes weekly editorials to the CFJC Evening News. He tweets regularly @Jamloops