P.E.I. health officials expect to give first vaccine dose to all adults by July 1

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CHARLOTTETOWN — Health officials in Prince Edward Island say they will shift their focus to getting a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine to all adults by July 1, even if it means delaying the second shot for some.

Chief medical officer of health Dr. Heather Morrison says all people over 80 will get their second dose based on existing appointments, but after that the interval between doses will be extended.

She says having everyone over 16 partially vaccinated by July would bring "the finish line" into much sharper focus.

Morrison reported four new cases of COVID-19 in the province today involving three men and one woman, all in their 20s.

There are now 22 active cases on the Island, and there have been a total of 136 cases since the onset of the pandemic.

Morrison said test results from the National Microbiology Laboratory have confirmed that two earlier COVID-19 cases involving two women in Charlottetown are linked to the more transmissible variant first identified in the United Kingdom.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Mar. 2, 2021.

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