NACI STANDS BY COVID-19 VACCINE DOSE DELAYS OF UP TO 4-MONTHS
Apr 07, 2021
By Bob Komsic
The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) is standing by its recommendation to extend the time between vaccine doses up to 4-months.
Panel members say, based on supply, they expect the interval between the first and second shots to be less than that.
”Second doses should be offered as soon as possible after all eligible populations have been offered first doses, with priority given to those at highest risk of severe illness and death,” according to NACI.
The panel’s updated recommendation comes after its members reviewed the latest research, which aligns with NACI’s ”rapid” response recommendation last month.
”The extended dose interval enables (essential) workers to get vaccinated sooner than they would have, at least with the first dose, than using the authorized interval,” says NACI vice-chair Dr. Shelley Deeks.