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Newfoundland and Labrador surpasses Easter vaccine goal

N.L. Health minister Johnn Haggie. — Contributed

Western region to hold more AstraZeneca clinics as coronavirus numbers remain flat

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. —

Newfoundland and Labrador has exceeded its Easter Sunday target of 80,000 COVID-19 vaccines delivered, having administered 88,397 doses of vaccine out of a total of 129,060 doses received. 

As well, starting this week, the province is going to begin reporting the number of doses administered on a daily basis “in an effort to better reflect vaccine progress,” the Department of Health stated. 

A Telegram story Saturday outlined how Premier Andrew Furey and Health Minister John Haggie have struggled to explain why vaccinations seem to lag behind in Newfoundland and Labrador compared to most other provinces. 


The main issue, Haggie says, is that the province was only reporting vaccination numbers once a week, while the amount of vaccine shipped is usually known from day to day. 

“If there’s some particular way of reporting you’d like … please let us know,” he said in answer to a query last week. 

Earlier on Tuesday, federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu unwittingly demonstrated the discrepancy by tweeting vaccine numbers for each province. 

“In Newfoundland,” she wrote, “129,060 vaccines have been delivered and 69,851 doses have been administered across the province.” 

The second number dates from March 31. 


Western Health is holding more AstraZeneca vaccination clinics for residents 55 to 64 in Corner Brook and Stephenville on Wednesday, April 7 and Thursday, April 8. 

Specifically, they’re scheduled for Corner Brook’s Valley Mall from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.m and the Stephenville Lions Club from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. 

Additional AstraZeneca clinics will be held in Burgeo, Port Aux Basques, Deer Lake, Norris Point and Port aux Choix in the next two weeks. Booking information for these clinics will be shared as soon as clinic times are confirmed. 

Residents do not need to preregister, but do need to book appointments. 

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Visit or copy and paste the link into the address bar of your Internet browser (using google chrome if possible). Complete the eligibility questionnaire and consent and follow the online instructions. When prompted, enter the following authorization code: AZVACCINE. 

Call 1-833-703-5470 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. for more information. 

Newfoundland and Labrador public health officials paused the administration of the COVISHIELD vaccine for adults under age 55 on March 29. This decision was based on new guidelines from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization, which cites European reports of rare instances of vaccine-induced prothrombotic immune thrombocytopenia (VIPIT) in people four to 20 days after receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine. 

Meanwhile, the province has not reported a single case of COVID-19 since before Easter, and only had three active cases as of Tuesday. Each health authority on the island has one. There are no known cases in Labrador. 

Peter Jackson is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter covering health for The Telegram
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