Ontarians double dosed with AstraZeneca will not be treated differently than residents who received one of the other vaccines, Solicitor General Sylvia Jones says.
Jones was asked about reports that people will be required to show proof of vaccination with Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson&Johnson before accessing some events in the United States like a Broadway concert by Bruce Springsteen.
AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, which has been given to over 850,000 Ontarians, has not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and would not be adequate to gain admittance.
“In terms of reopening the border, Premier (Doug) Ford is working this week with federal, provincial and territorial leaders to make sure that we have a consistent approach in how we reopen the border safely,” Jones said Thursday. “And that will include the discussions about which vaccines, whether they have to be one dose-two dose, will continue.
“We will make sure that individuals in Ontario and Canada who received a Health Canada-NACI approved AstraZeneca will have the same rights as individuals who received other vaccines,” she said.
It is the latest twist in the AstraZeneca saga that has included supply shortages and rare blood clotting disorders that prompted Ontario to halt its use as a first dose.
However, many Ontarians continue to accept AstraZeneca as a second dose.
Jones thanked the people who took AstraZeneca, adding they are well protected as are their families.
Ontario is not considering allowing residents who received two doses of AstraZeneca to start another round of COVID-19 vaccinations with Pfizer or Moderna, Jones said.