Physicians in Vancouver Coastal Health who skipped the line to get their second dose of COVID-19 vaccine are being investigated, health officials say.
BC Health Minister Adrian Dix told reporters at a Wednesday press conference that monitoring systems picked up the doctors had received their second dose ahead of schedule.
“It’s very disappointing,” Dix said. “[We] expect everyone to follow the rules … in order to protect our most vulnerable.”
Dix wouldn’t say publicly how the queue-jumping doctors would be disciplined, only that they’re “reviewing” the situation.
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Health authorities in BC have decided to delay administering second doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to give more people their first dose. It’s a move modelling has suggested would have a bigger impact on overall infection numbers.
Priority healthcare workers around the province are currently being immunized. BC is making individuals wait 35 days before their second dose, which is longer than the manufacturer’s minimum of 21 days.