You guys already sent us 1.5 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine. In my province, that vaccine was going to be used for frontline workers, but it’s now been suspended for use for those under 55 due to concerns about blot clots. Our province pivoted to give the vaccine to the 55-65 age group, so my parents were able to grab a spot and get their AstraZeneca shot last week, which is great.
We are still only in phase 2 of 4 here (I think most provinces are similar), meaning vaccines have just opened up to groups considered to be clinically vulnerable. Luckily for me, that group includes people with diabetes on insulin. So I’m scheduled to get my vaccine (either Pfizer or Moderna) next week, assuming one question I have for my doctor gets the OK. Otherwise, those under 72 who don’t qualify for a risk group are still waiting. I’m fairly sure most provinces are delaying the second dose by several months due to the shortage. But I think one dose is fairly effective on its own, though not ideal.
Unfortunately, the vaccines have come a bit too late and the third wave is hitting hard here. Cases are down in long-term care homes (though there have still been multiple outbreaks despite vaccines, but milder than in the past). The variants are causing younger people to get much sicker than before, so ICUs are still at risk of being overwhelmed. My province just went into a three-week “circuit breaker” lockdown and Ontario and Quebec have followed suit, and Alberta and Saskatchewan are also seeing skyrocketing cases. Feels much like it did around this time last year, to be honest, with everyone basically told to stay home and restaurants closed and new variants circulating that are much more contageous.
It is honestly weird to me to read or watch US news and hear people talking as if the pandemic is almost over, some are even already using past tense! Definitely not the case here. The next couple months may be some of the most challenging yet, but at least there is light at the end of the tunnel.