PEI suspends use of Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine for people aged 18-29

Dr. Joslimer, Medical Lead of the Manitoba Vaccine Task Force, will draw a dose of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at the Winnipeg clinic on March 19, 2021. (John Woods / Canada Press)

Charlottetown — Prince Edward Island has stopped using the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for people aged 18-29.

Health officials said in a brief statement that vaccination appointments have been put on hold until Health Canada and the National Advisory Committee on Immunization provide more information as expected today.

Prince Edward Island announced on March 9 that it will provide the AstraZeneca vaccine to people aged 18-29 who work at gas stations, convenience stores or grocery stores.

This move was in response to the outbreak of COVID-19 on a youth-focused island.

The state said it had vaccinated 2,000 doses and distributed them to pharmacies throughout the state to provide to young workers.

Canadian health officials initially recommended the AstraZeneca vaccine to people under the age of 65, but on March 16 they adjusted their advice to say that it could also be given to the elderly.