Quebec says it will no longer administer the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine as a first dose.
The Health Department said today people who have received AstraZeneca can choose whether to get a second dose of that vaccine or another available vaccine as a booster shot.
The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine has been linked to rare blood clots, with around one case reported in every 100,000 people vaccinated. The Health Department says the odds of blood clots are lower for the second dose — around one in 1,000,000.
Quebec is reporting 781 new cases of COVID-19 today and five more deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus, none of which occurred in the past 24 hours.
Health officials say hospitalizations dropped by 10, to 520, and 121 people were in intensive care, a drop of five.
Officials say 93,650 doses of vaccine were administered within the past 24 hours, for a total of 4,014,843; about 45 per cent of Quebecers have received at least one dose of vaccine.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 13, 2021.
This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship.
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