North Vancouver (News 1130) – Frustrated and losing income, a North Vancouver man is calling on the province to find solutions to those facing the international travel crisis.
Remco de Haas received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine: AstraZeneca (now known as Vaxzevaria) and Moderna (renamed SpikeVax), but as a result he was able to meet eligibility requirements for travel to some countries. does not complete.
As an IT project manager working abroad, he is left stranded as a result.
“You feel a little different … they see you as non-vaccinated,” de Haas said.
He’s not alone, as about 10 percent of Canada’s population has received a mixed dose, according to the federal government.
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Health Canada recommended in June that anyone receiving a single shot of AstraZeneca would have greater immunity to a second dose of an mRNA vaccine such as Pfizer (Comirnati) and Moderna.
But de Haas says it has made travel more difficult for him and many others, as the mix-and-match approach is not recognized by some countries.
For example, the US still does not recognize the AstraZeneca vaccine.
The Canadian government has said it is working on a way to address travel barriers, but has yet to announce any details about the timeline.
As for de Haas, he doesn’t put much faith in the US government or other countries to change their policies, so he says an easier solution is for the provincial government to step in.
“If we have enough vaccine doses, and I think we have, people who are motivated to take a third, [it] Gives them chances,” he said.
“I want to put this on the radar of decision makers in BC,” he said.
This is not a new idea in Canada. Many provinces are now offering third shots to ensure that people with mixed shots meet vaccine requirements abroad.
Quebec was the first province to begin offering additional shot backs in July, although experts said the move would not give people any further protection from the virus, as The data shows that mix-and-match is extremely impressive.
Following the move, Alberta and Saskatchewan have introduced similar policies. B.C.’s top doctor was asked in July whether the province would do the same to allow people to travel more easily, but the answer was no.
“Obviously we are seeing this all over the country. This is something that is very much in flux. We need to be patient. We’re working with Canada, we’re working internationally,” Dr Bonnie Henry said on 27 July.
She said Canada is not alone in its vaccine rollout recommendations, with nearly 15 countries following a similar vaccine strategy and all facing a similar issue.
“It also has its drawbacks,” Henry said. “We know that the likelihood of having an adverse reaction increases after taking higher doses.”
While de Haas says that he appreciates all the actions of BC’s top doctor, he is asking her to change her mind on the issue.
As a message to Dr. Bonnie Henry, he said, “It would be great if knowing the difficulties we currently have in terms of acceptance of vaccination status, we could also get a third dose.”
He says he would be willing to pay out of his own pocket for the third dose.
News 1130 has reached out to the province for comment on this story.