1st case of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine related death confirmed in Ontario

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On social media, Malaysians looking to register for the voluntary AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine were met with frustration and disappointment as they attempted to book their spot after missing out on the first round.

An Ontario man in his 40s has died after receiving a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, public health officials confirmed Tuesday.

Yaffe says it's been confirmed that the man had vaccine-induced immune thrombotic thrombocytopenia, (VITT) at the time.

But it has resumed the administration of AstraZeneca for second doses only as it rushes to use up 45,000 doses that are set to expire next week and another 10,000 that will expire next month.

The National Immunisation Advisory Committee (Niac) will be asked to advise whether the gap between AstraZeneca doses of Covid vaccines could be shortened for those in the 60-70 age group.

"The risks associated with this vaccine are rare, but they are real", she said, noting that those who received an AstraZeneca shot still made the right choice. She added researchers are still investigating the case. Experts still maintain the syndrome is exceedingly rare and treatable in most cases.

Once those shots are taken care of, Williams says second dose availability will be expanded to the next bracket of the more than 650,000 Ontarians who received first doses of AstraZeneca.

In March, South Sudan received 132,000 doses from Covax but the country's national taskforce on Covid-19 chose to return before they expire after discussing the matter with the World Health Organization (WHO).

The country received 132 000 doses of the Oxford/Astrazeneca vaccine in late March from Covax, the global initiative to ensure lower-income countries receive jabs, but so far has administered less than 8 000 shots.

Dr. David Williams, Ontario's chief medical officer of health, has said the shorter interval is safe and provides strong protection against COVID-19.

In a statement provided to CP24 on Tuesday afternoon, a spokesperson for Minister of Health Christine Elliott said that pharmacies chosen to administer second doses will be listed on the province's website when they are ready to accept appointments.

She said that rather than calling pharmacies to book an appointment themselves, those eligible for a second dose should wait to be contacted in the coming days. "The good point is that we have lots of people who are eager to get their second doses". People in Toronto, Windsor and Kingston who were vaccinated as part of the province's AstraZeneca pharmacy pilot program in March can now get their shots, shortening their vaccination wait from 16 weeks to 10 or 12 weeks.

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