The TD also suggested offering people in the age cohort the Pfizer vaccine instead of the second AstraZeneca jab, as to increase their protection from new variants of the virus.
"And those who have received the AstraZeneca vaccine must wait at least 12 weeks to get their second dose".
Ioannou added that the health ministry is expecting to receive a new shipment of 350,000 vaccine doses in June, coming from all makers, which will include enough AstraZeneca vaccines to cover second dose appointments.
One individual even said that she called a dozen GTA pharmacies in search of an appointment after being told that her neighbourhood pharmacy wasn't being allocated vaccines this time around.
Bates says they had to round up all 3,100 doses from across the province that is set to expire next Monday and needed to ensure no doses were spoiled. "So it's not that it's a hazard to get it earlier, it's just that the data we have is that it may not be as beneficial".
Meanwhile, the ministry has started rescheduling appointments for the second dose of the AstraZeneca jab, with 12,500 shots already brought forward and another 25,000 due to be arranged in the next few days.
The National Immunisation Advisory Committee (Niac) will be asked to advise whether the gap between AstraZeneca doses of Covid vaccines could be shortened for those in the 60-70 age group.
"We are struggling economically ... that's why we have problems funding the deployment itself. It will be accounted for, so we are committing [to return] 72,000 doses so that they are used by [countries that] can deploy them in one week", Dr Machuot told reporters at a Juba news conference.
Wuhan lab staff sought hospital care before COVID-19 outbreak
USA officials say that unless China allows more access to records and people, they may never get to the bottom of it. It also said the idea that the virus may have leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology "extremely unlikely".
The Covax facility wrote back to the South Sudanese government, saying it was happy with the arrangement as the doses would not go to waste.
As in other parts of Africa, a fear of side effects and rumours the vaccine causes impotence or is otherwise unsafe have spurred wariness about vaccines among the population.
To date, South Sudan has recorded 10,686 cases of Covid-19 and 115 deaths.
The Chinese government says Beijing is stepping up support for Africa's post-pandemic recovery, with initial focus on vaccine access, as a "public good".
Ontario is reporting its first death associated with a rare blood clotting disorder linked to the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.
A British woman passed away on the weekend while she was receiving thrombolytic therapy in Cyprus, following her vaccination against COVID earlier this month, with officials admitting a link but unable to pinpoint what exactly may have caused the blood clot.
The AstraZeneca vaccine booking is open to residents in Johor, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Sarawak and Selangor aged 18 years and above. "We will a have large number of doses available in about two months, we will get vaccines from outside too" the director said.