Ontario reports 1st death related to VITT blood-clotting syndrome

Clay Curtis
May 26, 2021

However, the death over the weekend of a 40-year-old woman following a thrombotic episode, which is still under investigation by the EMA for its possible connection to the AstraZeneca jab, as well as other reported thrombotic episodes was among the arguments presented during the meeting as valid reasons to restrict the specific vaccine.

The province has said those who got their first dose of AstraZeneca after March 19 will be able to book their second in the near future.

Associate Medical Officer of Health Dr. Barbara Yaffe says the man in his 40s received a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine at the end of April.

Ioannou added that the health ministry is expecting to receive a new shipment of 350,000 vaccine doses in June, coming from all makers, which will include enough AstraZeneca vaccines to cover second dose appointments.

VITT is incredibly rare according to health professionals, occuring at a rate of between 1 case per 26,000 to 1 case per 127,000 doses of AstraZeneca globally. Or ... alternatively, offer a second dose, which is the Pfizer vaccine for those between 60 and 70 in order to boost their protection against this variant, ' Mr Kelly asked Transport minister Eamon Ryan in the Dail. "So it's not that it's a hazard to get it earlier, it's just that the data we have is that it may not be as beneficial".

The second shots are being moved up by about 2 weeks and being given at the 10 week mark rather than the recommended 12 weeks as the province rushes to use a stockpile of 45,000 doses set to expire in roughly a week.

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The vaccine advisory committee said the figures are the same as baseline rates of the condition. The province says it made the schedule change at the request of public health units.

Val Logan, 60, says she called the Toronto pharmacy where she got her first shot to ensure she was on a waitlist for the second dose but was directed to call another location to make her appointment.

One individual even said that she called a dozen GTA pharmacies in search of an appointment after being told that her neighbourhood pharmacy wasn't being allocated vaccines this time around.

Yaffe said those who received a first dose of AstraZeneca made the right choice.

Ontario is no longer offering AstraZeneca as a first dose but will administer it as a second shot as the risk of developing the side effect is much lower, around 1 in 600,000.

"I want to take this opportunity to reiterate that those who received AstraZeneca vaccine should feel very confident in their decision", she said.

Earlier, CITF informed that over 300,000 slots for the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine had been booked as of 12.56pm today, less than an hour after the registration opened to people aged under 60. I'll be honest and say I'd be slightly concerned that we minimise the level of changes, unless there's a very clear public health argument in favour of it because the vaccination programme really is working now, ' said Mr Ryan.

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