Canadian officials considering alternating COVID-19 vaccines due to rare side effects AstraZeneca vaccine
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Ottawa/Canadian-Media: Rare side effects of AstraZeneca vaccines have caused Canadian health officials to study mixing various COVID-19 shots.
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Some provinces are already considering pausing AstraZeneca vaccinations altogether.
Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba's chief provincial public health officer, said in a news conference Sunday that a temporary suspension "has been discussed at many levels, and certainly discussed at our provincial program right now."
While Health Canada regulators repeatedly had claimed the safety and efficacy of the AstraZeneca product has been deemed safe and effective, some people who already have received that vaccine are now looking at their options.
The United Kingdom (U.K) is already studying the mix and match vaccine regimen.
According to the belief of some scientists, administering two doses of different products could boost a person's immune response beyond what can be achieved by giving the same shot twice.