Mar 16, 2021
By Jane Brown
We here in Canada will find out Tuesday if the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine should be given to people 65 and older after all.
There are reports that members of the national vaccine expert panel are changing the earlier guidelines and will recommend the AstraZeneca shot be given to those 65-plus.
The initial recommendation from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) was to only give the AstraZeneca COVID vaccine to people 64 and under because there was not enough evidence regarding it’s efficacy on seniors.
But last week, the chair of the committee revealed that newer evidence on how the AstraZeneca vaccine worked for seniors in “real-world” use was being analyzed, and an updated statement could be expected soon.
Canada’s Procurement Minister and Oakville MP Anita Anand says what NACI recommends has nothing to do with the federal government.
“That’s an independent committee that is making recommendations and the provinces and territories can choose to implement those recommendations in any way they choose,” Anand explained.
For now, in Ontario, the AstraZeneca vaccine is only being given to people 64 and under in a pilot project at select pharmacies and doctors offices.