Ontario’s Health Minister Christine Elliott said she will be taking the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine and broadcasting it to show people it’s safe.
On Monday during a press conference, Elliott said “there still is a lot of vaccine hesitancy around AstraZeneca. It’s safe, it works, it works against hospitalizations, and it saves peoples’ lives.”
Elliott added that she is planning on receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine and will do it in front of a camera.
“If I can receive the vaccine and it means one other person will get the AstraZeneca vaccine and that helps protect them and their health and safety and that of their family, I’m more than happy to do that.”
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The AstraZeneca vaccine has received coverage on its efficacy and safety recently.
However, Health Canada said the vaccine was safe after blood clots were reported post-immunization.
Health Canada noted it was aware of reports from several European countries that adverse events have followed immunization with the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.
Still, the health agency reassured Canadians that the benefits of the company’s vaccine continue to outweigh any risks.
As well, Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization has reversed its guidelines to recommend using the AstraZeneca vaccine on seniors.