Quebec reports thrombotic death in women after AstraZeneca vaccination

The Montreal-Quebec government has announced that a woman in her 50s has died of a blood clot that developed after receiving the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.

Public health director Dr. Oracio Aruda said in a press conference Tuesday that the benefits of the vaccine far outweighed the risks and the state was always aware that rare complications could occur.

Health Minister Christian Duvet said the state is currently investigating four serious complications out of about 400,000 people vaccinated with AstraZeneca.

The state is currently providing vaccines to Quebec people between the ages of 45 and 79, and Aruda said it has no plans to change its strategy.

The news came from health officials reporting less than 1,000 new cases of COVID-19 in the state for the second consecutive day and 899 new infections. There have been 14 additional deaths, including 3 in the last 24 hours.

Hospitalization increased by 3 to 667, with 170 in the intensive care unit. This is an increase of 3 people.

Prime Minister Fran├žois Legor said the situation was well improved and elementary schools could be reopened next week in Quebec City and the Chodiere Appalachia region. The state has also postponed the curfew in Montreal and its northern suburbs from 8 pm to 9:30 pm on Mondays.

Legault said further restrictions would be gradually relaxed to avoid a resurgence of the case.

Also on Tuesday, Quebec people with physical or intellectual disabilities or autism were able to start booking vaccines.

The state has given 45,757 vaccines since the last update, for a total of 2,916,897 doses.

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