The B.C. Ministry of Health has provided updated guidance that pharmacists may administer AstraZeneca vaccine as a 1st dose in two circumstances, since a documented referral is no longer mandatory:
To individuals with a contraindication to the mRNA vaccines
To individuals who refuse mRNA vaccines but without contraindication, who indicate that they will only be vaccinated against COVID-19 with AstraZeneca vaccine
On Aug. 27, 2021, Health Canada approved Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for individuals 12 years of age and older. See Summary of NACI statement: Recommendation on the use of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines in adolescents 12 to 17 years of age.
Priority group: Moderna is indicated in adults 12 years of age and older. Pharmacies can provide a complete series of the vaccine (dose 1 and/or dose 2).