Ontario pauses giving out AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines

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The province is pausing the use of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

Dr. David Williams says the decision was made out of an abundance of caution because of increased instances of a rare blood clotting disorder linked to the shot.

It comes just hours after Alberta said they would be pausing the use of AstraZeneca’s vaccine. However, that was due to supply issues, not safety concerns.

Scientists have linked the vaccine to a new blood clotting syndrome, which experts say is extremely rare.

In Canada, 12 cases have been confirmed out of more than two-million doses administered. Of those 12, three women have died.

As of Tuesday, Ontario has almost 50,000 doses remaining.

The AstraZeneca vaccine was administered at pharmacies to adults aged 40 and older.

Both Premier Doug Ford and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau received the AstraZeneca vaccine, along with many other government officials and lawmakers.

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