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B.C. sees first case of rare blood clot in AstraZeneca vaccine recipient, records 694 COVID-19 cases

Last Updated May 6, 2021 at 6:31 pm PDT


Woman in her 40s is B.C.'s first case of VITT after receiving AstraZeneca vaccine

Dr. Bonnie Henry emphasizes VITT is extremely rare

More than 450 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 in B.C., including 154 in ICU

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – B.C. has recorded its first case of a rare blood clot in a person who received the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, as it sees a moderate uptick in the daily case count.

“We have had our first case of Vaccine-Induced Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia (or VITT) that we have seen around the world and across the country,” Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said Thursday. “This was following an AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccination, and the person is a woman in their 40s, and she is stable and currently receiving treatment in hospital and Vancouver Coastal Health.”

Henry says the woman went to see her doctor after experiencing symptoms five or six days after getting the vaccine, and the doctor recognized the signs and ordered a test.

She reiterated that VIPIT is very rare.

“The likelihood of this happening is about one in 100,000 doses,” she said, adding there a test and treatment for the syndrome.

She says recognizing symptoms and getting treatment early is very important.

“While rare, the potential for this blood clot to develop is between, generally, day four and day 28 … after you’ve received your vaccine,” Henry explained, adding if you are feeling unwell after receiving any vaccine, you should call 8-1-1.

“You can talk to your health care provider, particularly if you have symptoms that are concerning such as a persistent severe headache, shortness of breath, chest pain or severe abdominal pain and swelling or redness in a limb. These are things that should provoke you to get treatment, and the assessment, right away,” Henry said.

“I recognize it can be alarming to hear of this blood clot,” Henry said. “And if you are somebody who’s received this vaccine, you need to know that it is rare, and it is treatable, and you can be confident that you have received a safe and effective vaccine.”

She says her own friends and family have received the AstraZeneca vaccine.

“I am confident that they have done the right thing to protect themselves, and our community.”

Nearly 700 new COVID-19 cases in B.C.

On Thursday, B.C. recorded 694 new COVID-19 infections, a moderate increase from Wednesday’s count of 572. The daily case count has generally been trending downward.

There are 457 people hospitalized with the virus, including 154 who are in the ICU.

B.C. also recorded one COVID-related death in the past day.

Henry says by the end of Thursday, the two-millionth dose of COVID-19 vaccine will have been administered.

“So far, as of early this morning, we had 1,995,496 doses of all three of our COVID-19 vaccines administered in British Columbia. And of those 95,868 were in people who received a second dose,” she said.