Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) Recommending Suspension of AstraZeneca Vaccine For All Under 55

Canada's National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) Recommending Suspension of AstraZeneca Vaccine For All Under 55

On March 29th, the NACI recommended provinces throughout Canada pause the use of the AstraZenaca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine for those under the age of 55. This comes after reports out of Europe of very rare instances of blood clots in some immunized patients — notably among younger women. Vice chair of NACI, Dr. Shelley Deeks, spoke to reporters Monday, saying 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."

Europe Reports

In addition, it was reported by CBC that the “European Medicines Agency has said it could not definitively rule out a link between the vaccine and rare types of blood clots associated with thrombocytopenia.” And based on research thus far, VIPIT seems to be rare, occurring in anywhere from 1 in every 125,000 to 1 in 1 million people.

In the EMA’s press release, they “pointed to 18 cases of an extremely rare type of blood clot called cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST), a condition that is much more common in women than men. Most of the cases occurred within 14 days of receivi...

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