By allowing for these intervals, 9 out of 10 adults over 50 years of age and 75 per cent of adults aged 16 to 49 will be able to get their first vaccine dose by the middle of June, according to a summary within NACI’s decision.
“Extending COVID-19 vaccine dose intervals will optimize vaccine rollout and protection of the population by allowing many more people to gain protection against COVID-19 by receiving the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine earlier,” the summary of NACI’s decision read.
However, they’re still calling for second doses to be offered “as soon as possible” after all eligible populations have been offered first doses.
NACI officials will be holding a press conference at 11am Wednesday to expand on the decision.
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