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AstraZeneca Covid Shots Not Recommended For Under 55s In Canada

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) recommends that the AstraZeneca COVID-19 not be used for people under the age of 55 in Canada, following concerns around blood clots associated with low levels of platelets, vaccine-induced prothrombotic immune thrombocytopenia (VIPIT).

For people who are concerned about getting their second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, decisions on the type of second dose that will be offered to those who have received the first AstraZeneca shot will be determined on "the latest evidence and research", Dr. Howard Njoo, Canada's deputy chief public health officer said.

The agency says it has not received any reports of blood clots in Canada to date.

In the meantime, for those who have already taken the AstraZeneca vaccine, and its been more than 20 days since doing so, Henry said there is no reason for concern.

"Health Canada is aware that researchers in Europe have indicated that they have identified a possible cause for these very rare events observed in AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine recipients", reads the statement.

Canada is due to receive 1.5 million doses of the vaccine from the USA this week.

Saskatchewan is to receive a shipment of 46,600 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine from the United States this week.

The province said it had received 2,000 doses of the vaccine and they had been distributed to pharmacies across the province to give to the young workers. However, through our ongoing worldwide collaboration, Health Canada has become aware that additional cases of these events have been reported in Europe.

This information will support the ongoing evaluation of these rare blood clotting events, and allow Health Canada to determine if there are specific groups of people who may be at higher risk.

Of those, more than five million had been administered as of Sunday afternoon, according to covid19tracker.ca.

Canada Health Minister Patty Hajdu refused to directly comment Health Canada monitors real-world data on the use of vaccines.

"As you know, AstraZeneca has been under examination by a number of jurisdictions for its connection to potentially adverse effects", said Hajdu on Monday.

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

"It's important for everyone when it's their turn to get a vaccine", said Elliott.

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.

Canada received 500,000 doses of AstraZeneca, made at the Serum Institute of India, but it's not clear how many have been managed to date.

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