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Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine for COVID-19 needs better promotion: experts
|03/02/2021 | 04:24am|
Colijn and Bach say the fact that there have been no hospitalizations from severe illness and no deaths among those using Oxford-AstraZeneca needs to be underscored because people awaiting immunization seem to be fixated on the higher efficacy data for the first two vaccines approved in
"I see this huge, huge benefit of vaccinating young people, particularly people with high contact, essential workers, sooner."
The national committee made its recommendation against vaccinating seniors with Oxford-AstraZeneca after several provinces announced their plans Monday to ramp up vaccination programs.
She said that while people will have limited choice on whether they could wait for the other two vaccines they should take the first vaccine that is offered.
Colijn said that's all the more important if the wait for the Pfizer-BioNTech and
She suggested giving people a choice isn't the way to go when it comes to distributing the valuable resource of vaccines.
"Maybe it's political, but from a public health standpoint it feels like vaccination is a huge collective benefit," she said. "The more vaccines that we can get out, the more robust we're going to be, the more reopenings we're going to have, the more social and economic activity we're going to enjoy and the less pandemic we're going to have."
However, Bach said it would be unethical to not offer people a choice of vaccines in the same way they can make their own decisions on other aspects of their health care, though everyone should take the first vaccine they can get.
"I think the way we can attract more people is to tell them that is the reality. And repeat, repeat, repeat that more than likely you're not going to be hospitalized with disease."
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