While several European countries have reportedly suspended the administration of AstraZeneca doses following reports of blood clots, according to the Edmonton Journal, Dr. Deena Hinshaw wants to assure Albertans that the province’s doses are safe.
Alberta is using the COVIShield AstraZeneca vaccine "that is considered equivalent to AstraZeneca by Health Canada," said Hinshaw.
"The current doses of COVIShield AstraZeneca vaccine offered in Alberta have not been linked to the side effects issues reported in some European countries linked to one lot of vaccine," she wrote.
She noted that there is no confirmation that the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine has caused the side effected in countries like Italy and Denmark, but that "the actions these countries have taken is out of an abundance of caution."
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