Demand ‘through the roof’ for AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine after age limit drops, pharmacist says – CBC

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Apr 21, 2021

A Toronto pharmacist says demand for the AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine is “through the roof” after the Ontario government lowered the minimum age limit for the shot from 55 to 40.

Kyro Maseh, owner and manager of Lawlor Pharmasave, said demand has been extremely high since the change took effect on Tuesday. On that day, public health units in Ontario administered a new single-day high of 136,695 doses of vaccines, according to the provincial health ministry.

“In addition to the age being lowered, I feel that people are a bit more educated on the risks involved and they understand that it’s really minute and insignificant. Yes, very, very high demand,” Maseh said on Wednesday.

Other provinces, namely B.C., Alberta and Manitoba, have also lowered their age limits to 40- plus after the federal government said Sunday eligibility for the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine could be expanded to any adult over the age of 18.

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