Ont. Update on COVID-19 Vaccination as Province Pauses AstraZeneca First Doses

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Ont. Update on COVID-19 Vaccination as Province Pauses AstraZeneca First Doses

In a news conference at Queen’s Park, Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott provides an update on the province’s vaccination plan against COVID-19. She is joined by Ontario Solicitor General Sylvia Jones. This update comes as the province is pausing the administering of first doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in response to new data concerning the relative likelihood of incidences of rare blood clots linked to the vaccine. The Ontario government is still considering whether to use the AstraZeneca vaccine for second doses. The health minister faces questions on the likelihood of mixing different vaccines for Ontarians. She is also asked about the province’s plan to vaccinate children ages 12 to 17 against COVID-19 starting in June and whether vaccinations for children will be mandatory. (May 12, 2021) (no interpretation)