If you received the AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccine at a local pharmacy, you will be contacted to book your second dose appointment approximately 8 weeks after your first dose.
You can pick either the AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD or an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) for your second dose. The BC Centre for Disease Control notes there are no safety concerns if you want to get the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine as your second dose.
Before making your decision, we recommend you review information on second dose vaccine choice from the BCCDC.
Peoples Pharmacy in Colwood is now offering second AstraZeneca vaccines dosages if you meet the following criteria:
- had AstraZeneca as a first dose
- it’s been 8 weeks since your first dose
They invite you to email firstname.lastname@example.org with dates and times that you would like to come in for your second shot.
You may also choose to have a mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) as a second dose as it has been deemed safe by a number of studies. The original study coming out of the UK’s University of Oxford (https://comcovstudy.org.uk/home ) shows that it is safe. The biggest downfall is the much greater increase in systemic adverse reactions like fevers and headaches when combining different vaccines. In order to get a mRNA vaccine you’ll again have to wait till your 8 weeks is up then contact https://www.getvaccinated.gov.bc.ca/s/
Questions ask of you during the day of:
1) Any health changes since the first shot?
2) Any major adverse reaction from the first shot?