'Few reports' of heart issue in United States young people after vaccine

Carrie Guzman
May 25, 2021

Canada's deputy chief medical officer says the country's COVID-19 vaccination rates have doubled in five weeks, reaching almost 20 million doses administered to date, while daily cases continue to decline.

The government continues to press the case for people to get the jab as soon as they are eligible.

The province says it made the change at the request of public health units. The province says it expects to reach all youth aged 12 and over with a first dose before the end of June, and with a second dose by the end of August.

"Right now, we want to encourage everybody over 50 to be vaccinated as early as possible", he said, before offering a caveat.

As provinces worked to inoculate young people, Saskatchewan announced Sunday that it was also stepping up efforts to get seniors their second doses.

Early research suggests that a second shot of an mNRA vaccine like Pfizer or Moderna as the booster for AstraZeneca is not unsafe, but Williams said he's waiting to hear whether the combination offers the same efficacy as a second AstraZeneca dose.

"We look forward to seeing more data about these cases, so we can better understand if they are related to the vaccine or if they are coincidental", said Dr. Yvonne Maldonado, chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics's Committee on Infectious Diseases.

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Premier Ford says they will not be lifting any restrictions, including outdoor activities until June 2nd at the earliest. And Golf Ontario has told the Ford government that "golf is safe" and urged it reopen courses.

Some participating pharmacies may also begin sending out notifications directly, said Justin Bates with the Ontario Pharmacists Association (OPA).

The news announcement said those who choose next week to book their second dose in the coming week, will be getting it at a 10-week interval period, and not the 12-week period which is considered an optimal period.

Quebec reported 752 new cases and nine more deaths, but none in the past 24 hours, while Saskatchewan had 173 cases and two deaths.

Chief medical officer of health Dr. Jennifer Russell said a person in their 50s received a first dose on April 11 and developed blood clot symptoms 17 days later.

Adding that: "This important step comes in line with the national vaccination plan in the United Arab Emirates, and in light of the Ministry of Health and Community Protection authorizing the emergency use of the "Pfizer Bionic" vaccine among children over the age of 12 years, and based on the approval of the US Food and Drug Administration and its approval for emergency use".

He said full vaccinations to all should be available by the end of September.

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