Quebec goes against federal advice for Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

To try to get more seniors vaccinated faster, Quebec is going against federal advice. It has decided to offer the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine to people across all age groups, including those over the age of 65.

The province’s vaccine expert committee is recommending that all approved vaccines be used immediately to prevent deaths and hospitalizations, the Health Department said in a news release, adding that the AstraZeneca vaccine “provides more flexibility in immunization efforts, especially for priority groups aged 70 to 79.”

Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization has said the AstraZeneca vaccine is not recommended for people aged 65 years and over because of insufficient data on its efficacy in older people, despite its approval by Health Canada for adults of all ages.

Heather Yourex-West explains that decision and how it compares to other provinces.

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