AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine not recommended for Canadians over age 65: NACI

Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) is not currently recommending the newly approved COVID-19 vaccine from AstraZeneca be used on people aged 65 or older.

According to the NACI website, this is “due to limited information on the efficacy of this vaccine in this age group at this time.”

However, the agency said the vaccine has “demonstrated an average efficacy of approximately 62 per cent in those aged 18-64 years of age.”

The vaccine received approval from Health Canada on Friday.

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NACI said it should be delivered in two doses four to 12 weeks apart.

It became the third vaccine to receive regulatory approval in Canada, joining ones from Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech.

Canada has ordered 24 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

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