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Ten months after introduction, no more AstraZeneca vaccines being administered

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Posted: Friday, January 21, 2022. 10:01 am CST.

By Aaron Humes: This morning the Ministry of Health and Wellness issued a public notice that as of February 1, 2022, no further AstraZeneca vaccines would be available at the various COVID-19 vaccination sites.

We understand that this is because the AstraZeneca vaccines will expire at the end on January; however, Pfizer and Johnson and Johnson vaccines are still available.

The AstraZeneca vaccine, delivered in two doses, was the first to be introduced to Belize, through donations from the Government of India in March of 2020 and later from the COVAX program of the United Nations. It was the dominant vaccine in use up until the arrival of Pfizer and later Johnson and Johnson vaccines in June and August of 2020 respectively.

Persons needing the first dose, a second after receiving their first dose eight or more weeks ago, and a booster dose to be received three months after the second dose are invited to visit the nearest vaccination site to take the jab.

Earlier this week Cabinet reported that more than 338 thousand doses of vaccines are available, with near 50 percent of the population fully vaccinated.

The Ministry has planned a briefing for this afternoon with further details.

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