Mar 31, 2021
By Jane Brown
Just as 1.5 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine have arrived in Canada from the U.S., the prime minister is urging us Canadians to trust the science and accept the first vaccine we’re offered.
“The more we get Canadians vaccinated quickly and safely, the quicker we’ll be able to get back to a semblance of normality,” Trudeau told a news conference on Tuesday.
The AstraZeneca COVID vaccine has been suspended for use in people under the age of 55 over concerns the vaccine is linked in younger adults to extremely rare but serious and potentially fatal blood clots.
Doctor Alon Vaisman is an infectious disease specialist at the University Health Network and explained on Zoomer Radio’s Fight Back with guest host Jane Brown, why the shot is considered safe for people 55-plus but not younger.
“I think they (National Advisory Committee on Immunization) were balancing what they know about the age groups of the people who were affected, generally speaking people in their 20s, 30s and 40s, balancing that with the reality that we want to vaccinate the elderly group as much as possible, the people who are above the age of 55,” Vaisman explained. Listen for the full conversation with Dr. Vaisman by clicking here.
Dr Vaisman admits that the confusion over the AstraZeneca vaccine is leading to increased vaccine hesitancy.
The American doses are to be sent to provinces this week.
Here in Ontario, they will go to a growing number of pharmacies and doctors offices who are delivering the AstraZeneca shot to people 60 and over.