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P.E.I. suspends use of AstraZeneca vaccine among young

Last Updated Mar 29, 2021 at 9:06 am PDT

A vial of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccination on a table prior to Croatia's Parliament Speaker Gordan Jandrokovic and Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic being vaccinated, in Zagreb, Croatia, Wednesday, March 24, 2021. (Admir Buljubasic/Pool via AP) Admir Buljubasic/Pool via AP
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Appointments for AstraZeneca shots in P.E.I. pharmacies for people aged 18 to 29 have been suspended

P.E.I. says appointments on hold pending further information from Health Canada, NACI

Many countries in Europe have suspended use of AstraZeneca vaccine over blood clot concerns in some people

Prince Edward Island has suspended use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine for those aged 18 to 29 who had appointments for shots in pharmacies.

Health officials said in a brief statement the appointments are on hold pending further information expected Monday from Health Canada and the National Advisory Committee on Immunization.

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In early March, Denmark and other European countries suspended the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine after reports of blood clots in some people.

Norway and Sweden also have paused the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Health Canada has reassured Canadians the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine is safe and effective.

Last week, the company reported preliminary results from a trial in the United States that appeared stronger, saying it was 79 percent effective against infection.

That report prompted the independent monitoring board overseeing the trial for the U.S. National Institutes of Health to accuse the company of reporting incomplete data to show a better result.