An infectious disease expert says the province should redirect the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines away from the older people and toward high-risk frontline workers who are driving community transmission, now that B.C. has paused the use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine for people under 55.
There is a new poll showing Canadians trust in this vaccine is quickly eroding, which could lead to further vaccine hesitancy with AstraZeneca.
On Monday, Canada suspended use of the AstraZeneca vaccine in people under 55, citing new concerning data from Europe.
German health officials agreed Tuesday to restrict the use of AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine to people over 60, amid fresh concern over unusual blood clots reported in a tiny number of those who received the shots.
The company's vaccine is also under scrutiny as a few cases of blood clots subsequent to their vaccine's injection were discovered.
"That will bring our total from 4.6 million to 9.6 million doses for that month alone", said Trudeau.
All but two of the 31 cases were women aged 20 to 63 with nine fatalities recorded.
Starting the week of April 19th, AstraZeneca is also scheduled to be used, followed by the introduction of the US's Johnson & Johnson vaccine the following week.
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) said however that its safety committee expected to issue an "updated recommendation" on the controversial vaccine after its monthly meeting next week. It did not recommend that any new age restrictions be put in place; the shot is authorized for people 18 and over.
The European Medicines Agency said in a statement that it had approved sites in the Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland for the COVID-19 vaccines made by the companies.
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Robinson said the pharmacies are prepared and have experience with flu shots, including the most recent campaign where one million people were vaccinated.
"It is still very much better to be vaccinated", said Dr. Lorne Tyrrell, a virology professor.
That will take some time.
"Believe me. they will not be able to get the vaccines until the end of this year or early next year".
A review of new evidence of blood clots was still ongoing, she said.
"The mechanism by which these blood clotting abnormalities come about, and why they affect this very small proportion of individuals, has still not been properly worked out", he said in a statement.
"I don't want anyone to get a blood clot because of a COVID infection, and truly the AstraZeneca vaccine, even with this really rare complication that we're seeing, still offers that, that hope for Manitobans that we can protect ourselves and we can protect each other".
Just after it received approval from European regulator EMA for use in the bloc, Germany restricted the AstraZeneca jab to under-65s because of insufficient data.
AstraZeneca had signed a contract with the European Union in August for the supply of 300 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine with an option for a further 100 million doses.
To date, more than 2.79 million COVID-19 infections have been officially registered in Germany since the outbreak of the pandemic.