As we near the opening of phase 2 in April, and with information on vaccinations changing literally daily, HC365 would direct you to the latest informative bulletin from Infectious Disease Specialist, Dr. Andrew Morris.
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Per the most recent media release, Canada's National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) is recommending provinces pause the use of the AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine on those under the age of 55 because of safety concerns - guidance most provinces said today that they would follow.
The change comes following reports out of Europe of very rare instances of blood clots in some immunized patients-predominantly in women under the age of 55.
Dr. Shelley Deeks, the vice-chair of NACI, said that with "substantial uncertainty" around cases of vaccine-induced thrombocytopenia (VIPIT) in people with low platelets, the committee is recommending the suspension of shots in all people under 55 as a "precautionary measure".
Based on early research out of Europe, VIPIT continues to remain a rare incidence varying as the data emerges.
NOTEWORTHY: According to the CBC News: 300,000 of the AZ shots have been administered in Canada already, with no reports of blood clots.
Stay Safe and Healthy,
Dr. Vera Kohut and the Covid team