Alberta won’t be reducing the age eligibility for the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine presently, regardless of new suggestions from Canada’s Nationwide Advisory Committee on Immunization.
Well being Minister Tyler Shandro cited restricted provide as the explanation Alberta won’t supply the vaccine past the 40-plus age group that’s at present eligible within the province.
“We’re seen a outstanding uptake from these wanting AstraZeneca,” Shandro mentioned on social media Friday afternoon. “Sadly, our means to broaden eligibility to youthful Albertans will depend on the doses we obtain from the federal authorities.
“With roughly 112,000 doses remaining at pharmacies and AHS websites, and over 100,000 appointments booked within the subsequent 14 days, and no future shipments confirmed, we are going to proceed administering doses to these 40 and older presently.”
NACI recommends AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine be provided to Canadians 30+
On Friday morning, NACI introduced it now recommends the vaccine be utilized in individuals 30 years of age and older, “if the person doesn’t want to look forward to an mRNA vaccine and the advantages outweigh the dangers,” mentioned Shelley Deeks, NACI’s vice-chair.
NACI recommends AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for Canadians 30+
Beforehand, NACI’s steering mentioned the shot ought to solely be used on these aged 55 and older out of an abundance of warning after studies of very uncommon blood clots.
Earlier this week, Alberta — together with a number of different provinces — lowered the age eligibility for the AstraZeneca vaccine to anybody born in 1981 or earlier.
The transfer got here after Federal Well being Minister Patty Hajdu reiterated on April 18 that provinces and territories are free to make use of the vaccine on anybody over 18 — which has been Well being Canada’s official steering because it authorised AstraZeneca in February.
Alberta to decrease minimal age for AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine from 55 to 40
After Alberta lowered the age vary for the vaccine, Gen X’ers got here out in droves to obtain the jab. Shandro mentioned Friday that 48,000 doses of the vaccine have been administered within the final three days alone.
Shandro mentioned whereas the brand new NACI suggestions are welcome, Alberta has not acquired affirmation of any future shipments of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
“We proceed to prioritize defending those that are most susceptible to extreme outcomes, and we’ll hold rolling out vaccines as shortly as doable,” Shandro mentioned.
“The extra doses we obtain, the quicker we are able to vaccinate Albertans so we are able to put the pandemic behind us.”
#GenX wins social media as 40+ crowd flocks to get AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine
As of April 21, Alberta had administered 1,275,287 whole doses of COVID-19. Up to now, 252,422 Albertans are totally vaccinated with two doses.
With information from Rachael D’Amore, International Information.
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