Quebec suspends use of AstraZeneca vaccine for people under 55
Quebec suspends use of AstraZeneca vaccine for people under 55
Canada is scheduled to receive 1.5 million surplus Astra Zeneca doses from the US
30 March, 2021, 08:39
Canadian experts on Monday recommended halting the use of AstraZeneca Covid-19 shots for people aged under 55, after a small but rising number of patients overseas suffered blood clots.
Last week, Canada's federal health ministry said the vaccine was safe and would continue to be recommended for use.
This latest recommendation follows reports in Europe that about three dozen patients developed blood clots following immunization with the AstraZeneca vaccine, a lot of them younger women.
The NACI earlier this month urged giving AstraZeneca shots only to people aged 18 to 64, saying clinical trials hadn't included enough seniors, then revised its recommendation to include people of 65 and over after reviewing "real-world evidence" of its effectiveness in seniors.
Canadian regulators approved the Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.
Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador also said they were pausing use of the shot for younger age groups while awaiting new data.
Dr. Joss Reimer of Manitoba's Vaccine Implementation Task Force says this all due to the possibility that those getting the shot may get a rare but serious blood clot. That being said, a higher rate of one in 100,000 people who received the vaccine was reported by the Paul-Ehrlich Institut in Germany. She said people who received it should look for symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain, leg swelling, persistent abdominal pain, sudden onset of severe or persistent headache or blurred vision and skin bruising elsewhere than the site of vaccination, developing four to 20 days after vaccination.
As of Monday, 179,800 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Saskatchewan, with an additional 6,104 reported Monday. However, through our ongoing worldwide collaboration, Health Canada has become aware that additional cases of these events have been reported in Europe.
The source tells The Canadian Press it is for safety reasons and adds it is a recommendation and it will left up to the provinces to follow suit or not.
"As you know, AstraZeneca has been under examination by a number of jurisdictions for its connection to potentially adverse effects", said Hajdu on Monday.
Work is underway to determine which vaccine will be given for the second dose to those who got AstraZeneca as their first dose.
"It's important for everyone, when it's their turn, to get a vaccine because the more people that get vaccines, the sooner we'll be able to go back to a more normal life for everyone", Elliott said from the Toronto pharmacy where she got the shot.
As of Sunday, more than 93 million people received at least one dose of vaccine and more than 51million people have been fully vaccinated in the United States.
Canada is due to receive 1.5 million doses of the vaccine from the US this week.
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