“Currently and based on the current evidence, NACI recommends that the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine can be offered to people 30 years of age and older without contraindications, if the individual does not wish to wait for a vaccine to MRNA and whether the benefits outweigh the risks to the individual, ”NACI said in a statement posted online.
Health Canada has authorized the vaccine for adults 18 years of age or older.
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NACI has not ruled out receiving the J&J vaccine during pregnancy, but said a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine, such as Pfizer-BioNtech or Moderna, is preferred.
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The committee cited recently published data confirming the safety of mRNA vaccines during pregnancy and concerns about recent risks of blood clots for their reasoning.
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The news comes days after Health Canada announced it was delaying the first shipment of J&J vaccines to the country due to quality control concerns.
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Health Canada said on Friday it would withhold the first batch of 300,000 J&J vaccines after learning that part of the vaccine was being made at the same facility in Baltimore, where about 15 million doses destined for the U.S. market were spoiled.
J&J has agreed to supply Canada with up to 38 million vaccines.
The J&J vaccine is different from other vaccines authorized for use in Canada. The vaccines developed by Pfizer-BioNtech, Moderna and AstraZeneca are two-dose vaccines, while the J&J vaccine is a single dose that experts and health officials have touted as crucial to stem the spread of the virus amid a devastating third wave of the pandemic. .
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