The Nationwide Advisory Committee on Immunizations (NACI) has advisable in opposition to utilizing the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine in individuals aged 65 and older, though Well being Canada has approved it for use in adults of all ages.
The committee, which makes suggestions to governments on using newly accredited vaccines for people, mentioned in paperwork posted Monday it doesn’t advocate the vaccine for these 65 and older “on account of restricted info on [its] efficacy” in that age group.
NACI mentioned its suggestions are based mostly on impartial recommendation and replicate the very best present obtainable scientific data.
Well being Canada approved the vaccine on Friday because the third possibility to guard in opposition to COVID-19.
Well being Canada mentioned the scientific trial outcomes “had been too restricted to permit a dependable estimate of vaccine efficacy” in these aged 65 and older, however that it was comfy approving it based mostly on real-world proof of its effectiveness in that age group.
One infectious illness specialist says he was shocked by the totally different takes of Well being Canada and NACI.
The vaccine has had good outcomes stopping hospitalizations and deaths on account of COVID-19 in the UK, says Dr. Sumon Chakrabarti, a specialist at Trillium Well being Companions in Mississauga, Ont.
“We have seen real-world utilization within the U.Okay., for instance, and the outcomes had been actually good together with for people who find themselves even 80 years of age and older. So I am not sure what to make of this, it is nonetheless accredited for individuals 18 and over, and I simply need to see how this performs out. However I’d not hesitate to advocate it,” Chakrabarti mentioned on CBC Information Community.
Chakrabarti additionally mentioned it’s doable NACI might find yourself updating its suggestion.
NACI’s suggestions additionally embrace that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine could also be supplied to these aged 12 to fifteen.