Canadians under 30 told to avoid Johnson & Johnson shot
2021-05-03 from theglobeandmail.com
The new one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine should be offered only to people 30 or older who don’t want to wait for access to the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, an expert panel says.
Late on Friday, Health Canada announced it was stopping distribution of 300,000 doses of the vaccine to provinces and territories because the regulator had learned the active ingredient was made at a Baltimore facility where an inspection raised concerns.
This means that, for now, no Canadians can get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
But if the federal regulator clears the doses, some doctors are worried that the quality-control investigation and the expert panel’s tepid endorsement could make Canadians reluctant to receive the shot, despite its efficacy against severe coronavirus disease and death in a clinical trial.
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