Denmark drops J&J from vaccine program

Eloise Marshall
May 4, 2021

Similarly, breastfeeding women can also receive the vaccine, although the effects of it are unclear.

Health Canada's pause on the J&J shot is a setback for the country's efforts to continue ramping up vaccinations amid a raging third wave of the pandemic.

The health authority said it would re-evaluate the use of both the J&J and AstraZeneca vaccines if the situation changed.

The risk of vaccine-induced thrombotic thrombocytopenia, or VITT, is estimated to be anywhere from one case in 100,000 doses given, to one in 250,000, but the syndrome is so new, there is still little known about what the real risk is, why it is happening and who might be more likely to develop than syndrome than others.

As of April 24, 1.7 million people in Canada have been given at least one dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Last December, NACI said vaccines should not be routinely offered to pregnant or breast feeding people unless benefits outweighed the possible risks and "if informed consent includes discussion about the insufficient evidence in this population".

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The vaccine may return to the vaccination programme at some point as part of a voluntary scheme, says the newspaper.

She explained someone living in a province with a low rate of COVID-19 infection who works from home and doesn't go out much may make a different choice than a worker in a manufacturing plant in a province with a high rate of disease.

Ottawa approved the New Jersey-based pharmaceutical giant's Covid vaccine in early March, becoming one of the first after the United States to do so.

In mid-April, Denmark announced it was dropping the AstraZeneca vaccine after putting it on hold a month earlier, citing similar concerns, becoming the first country in Europe to completely cut the vaccine. The developmental and health benefits of breastfeeding should be considered along with the mother's clinical need for immunisation against Covid-19.

The pause came at an inconvenient time for Allen County Public Health, which had recently started a mass vaccination effort at the former Knights of Columbus Hall that relied on the single-dose shot to inoculate hundreds of people per day.

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