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The HIggs government is putting use of the AstraZeneca COVID vaccine on pause for people under 55. The move follows the recommendation today from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization earlier today. The committee made the recommendation after concerns in Europe due to “rare” cases of people under 55 experiencing blood clots up to 20 days after receiving the vaccine.

No serious adverse effects have been reported here in Canada associated with AstraZeneca vaccine or the other COVID vaccines. Provincial Chief Medical Officer of Health – Dr Jennifer Russell – says “While we have seen no cause for concern, we are taking these steps out of an abundance of caution pending further guidance from Health Canada.”

As a result – Public Health says planned clinics using AstraZeneca have been cancelled postpone and will be rescheduled.

Further information for those who have received the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine is available online.