Published: Tue, March 30, 2021
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Ontario Health Minister gets AstraZeneca shot today before Health Canada changes recommendations

Ontario Health Minister gets AstraZeneca shot today before Health Canada changes recommendations

"For those Islanders who have been vaccinated to date using AstraZeneca, 1,680 of them, I understand this news would be a little bit disturbing [to hear] but I do want to reiterate.that the risk of developing a serious problem after being immunized is very, very low", P.E.I. premier Dennis King said at a press conference on Monday.

In a statement, NACI said adults aged 55 and older may still be offered the AstraZeneca vaccine with informed consent, given the increased risk of hospitalization and death in this population and since Vaccine-Induced Prothrombotic Immune Thrombocytopenia (VIPIT) - blood clots - appear to be rarer in that age group.

Anyone who begins to see these symptoms, starting four days or more after vaccination, should seek immediate medical attention.

Work is underway to determine which vaccine will be given for the second dose to those who got AstraZeneca as their first dose.

"I want to assure you that anyone under the age of 55 who has already received a dose of Astra Zeneca is not considered to be at high risk of blood clots", says Hinshaw.

Newfoundland and Labrador will suspend giving the AstraZeneca vaccine to people under the age of 55.

Just over 610,000 British Columbians have received at least one dose of a vaccine.

It added that most of the severe side-effects have occurred in women under 55, but it's not yet clear if sex is a factor.


Quebec has paused its use of the AstraZeneca vaccine to inoculate people under 55, according to a Monday public health announcement.

The hold on administering the vaccine is created to give the manufacturer time to conduct a detailed assessment of the benefits versus the risk of administering the vaccine by age and gender. It has also become a key tool in European countries' efforts to boost their sluggish vaccine rollouts.

The government said it planned to follow the recommendation from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization, which is calling on AstraZeneca to review the safety of its vaccine.

Last week, the department changed its label on the vaccine to warn about the rare risk of blood clots. There have been no recorded cases of blood clotting among people who have receive the vaccine in Canada. Canada has placed bigger bets on Pfizer and Moderna, ordering up to 76 million doses of Pfizer and up to 44 million of Moderna, compared with up to 20 million of AstraZeneca.

The two neighboring countries are supposed to repay their loan with AstraZeneca vaccines or others as soon as they are available.

Morrison said she hopes this doesn't dissuade people from getting a vaccine.

Just 1.8 per cent of Canadian residents are fully vaccinated, compared with 15.8 per cent in the USA, according to Bloomberg's Vaccine Tracker.

Reimer apologized to Manitobans affected by a snafu at the RBC Convention Centre super site on Friday after reports of people waiting up to three hours to get their vaccination.

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