Canada is suspending use of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for adults under the age of 55

This to Europe reported several rare but serious cases of blood beds known as vaccine-induced pro-thrombotic immune thrombocytopenia (VIPIT) after using the vaccine

Dr Howard Njoo, Canada’s deputy chief public health officer, called it a “precautionary measure” pending further risk-benefit analysis by Health Canada

“From what is currently known, there is significant uncertainty about the benefit of providing an AstraZeneca vaccine to adults under 55, given the potential risks associated with VIPIT,” Njoo said Monday

Njoo said similar adverse events were not reported in Canada and that the vaccine was not used in large numbers here

But Dr Shelley Deeks, vice chair of the National Advisory Committee on Immunization, said it was fatal overseas

“Based on the information available, the death rate from this condition is around 40 percent,” Deeks said on Monday

Njoo said the adverse events reported were mostly women, but noted that more women may have received the vaccine than men

While use of the vaccine has been discontinued in adults under the age of 55, Njoo said that those over the age of 55 may still be offered the vaccine

“Given the increased risk of hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 in this population, and since VIPIT reports have become even rarer in this age group,” he said

At this point, Njoo said people who have been vaccinated with AstraZeneca for more than 20 days have nothing to worry

People who have been vaccinated for less than 20 days should see a doctor if they develop any of the following symptoms four days or more after receiving the vaccine: difficulty breathing, chest pain, leg swelling, persistent abdominal pain, sudden onset of severe or persistent symptoms , worsening headache or blurred vision and bruising other than at the vaccination site

“Decisions about what type of second dose to be offered to those vaccinated with AstraZeneca are made based on the latest knowledge and research,” said Njoo, noting that those who received the vaccine do not need a second dose for up to 16 weeks after their first

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