Death of Albertan linked to complications from AstraZeneca vaccine

Carrie Guzman
May 5, 2021

On Monday, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI), recommended possibly waiting for a "preferred" mRNA jab such as Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna if a person's risk of contracting Covid is low, instead of the AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

The advice flies in the face of the long-standing recommendation from federal and provincial public health officials that Canadians should take the first vaccine they are offered. "Widespread vaccination is the only way we will eventually end the pandemic and help our country reopen, and we don't want anyone to get left behind as we enter this new chapter in our fight against COVID-19".

"With the risks from COVID as high as they currently are, the best vaccine is the one that's available right now to anyone and every one who is eligible", he said.

Emberley says he got the AstraZeneca vaccine himself three weeks ago and has no regrets.

But she said it would be a very different risk-benefit analysis for someone working in a manufacturing plant without personal protective equipment in a province where COVID-19 is spreading like wildfire.

To date, more than 13 million Canadians or 34 percent of the population has received at least one dose.

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He said he's also anxious that this will make Canadians who already got AstraZeneca afraid to get their second dose.

Canada is set to begin receiving more than 2 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine this week as the two pharmaceutical firms ramp up their deliveries.

"I really worry about a situation where Canada will be the only country in the world where we've managed to create buyer's remorse about a vaccine we've provided free of charge to Canadians".

As of April 23, 17 cases of VITT had been confirmed out of more than eight-million doses of the J&J vaccine administered in the United States.

"In comparison, Albertans 50 to 59 who are diagnosed with COVID-19 are 350 times more likely to die from that infection than to experience VITT after an AstraZeneca vaccine". It is Alberta's second case of VITT and the first death related to the condition.

Shipments of the Moderna vaccine arrived a day after Health Canada's approval, and it was first distributed to Canada's North.

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