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Ontario/Canadian-Media: The federal government of Canada announced on Sunday that Ontario was free to expand eligibility for the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine to any adult over the age of 18 due to doses sitting idle at some pharmacies because of the age restrictions.
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"Provinces and territories are free to use AstraZeneca in any population over 18 per Health Canada's license for use in Canada," federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu told reporters on Sunday.
In a statement Sunday, Alexandra Hilkene, a spokesperson for Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott said that AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine shots will be offered at pharmacies and primary care settings and added Ontario made the call based on the current supply of AstraZeneca vaccines.
Before Ontario's announcement regarding lowering of age from 55 to 40, the vaccine in Ontario was offered only to people aged 55 and older in keeping with the recommendations from the National Advisory Council on Immunization (NACI) earlier this spring.
Hours after Ontario's announcement, Jason Kenney, Alberta's Premier citing advice from Alberta public health officials tweeted that the province is also lowering the eligibility age from 55 to 40.