Quebec well being officers reported a 3rd case of a uncommon blood clot linked to Oxford-AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine on Saturday.
The Well being Division mentioned the unidentified particular person stays hospitalized however is in steady situation.
Late final month, Francine Boyer, 54, died of a cerebral thrombosis in a Montreal hospital after receiving the AstraZeneca shot on April 9.
Thrombosis is a potential complication of the AstraZeneca vaccine, however is reported in about one per 100,000 vaccines administered. As of Friday, Quebec has administered greater than 500,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine.
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Dr. Horacio Arruda, Quebec’s director of public well being, mentioned in a press release the dangers associated to COVID-19 sickness far outweigh these linked to the vaccine.
There’s a a lot increased threat — as much as ten instances extra seemingly — of mind blood clots (cerebral venous sinus thrombosis) from COVID-19 an infection than there’s from vaccines towards the illness, researchers say.
Well being officers have highlighted that COVID-19 is related to extra widespread clotting issues than cerebral thrombosis, akin to strokes, and that current debate round vaccines has overlooked how unhealthy the illness itself could possibly be.
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Blood clotting may also happen as a facet impact to different widespread medicines, akin to contraception and hormone substitute remedy, throughout being pregnant, from lengthy journeys, after an harm or post-surgery and because of smoking.
The dangers of clotting are increased in every of those circumstances than from the COVID-19 vaccines themselves, specialists say, stressing that the advantages of vaccination outweigh the dangers.
The province has mentioned all adults in Quebec will have the ability to ebook a vaccination appointment by mid-Could.
Well being authorities will open appointments to these 45 and older starting Monday.
Quebec has now reported 350,874 infections and 10,933 deaths for the reason that starting of the pandemic. The province has 9,579 lively circumstances.
–with recordsdata from Alessia Maratta, International Information
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