The Canadian press
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland joined millions of Generation X Canadians trying to get a vaccine appointment at a pharmacy on Tuesday.
Trudeau, 49, and Freeland, 52, suddenly became eligible when Ontario lowered the age to give people 40+ a shot of Oxford-AstraZeneca at a pharmacy.
Alberta, British Columbia, and Manitoba have also lowered the age limit to 40 years. All provinces had previously restricted the vaccine to over 55 years of age, while health experts were studying the risk the vaccine posed to blood clots.
According to Health Canada, there was evidence last week that the vaccine was linked to a very rare risk of blood clots, but the risk is extremely low and the vaccine is very effective. They said it was still safe for all adults.
The National Advisory Committee on Immunization will announce Tuesday if it will change its advice to restrict it to people over 55, but several provinces have not waited for NACI.
Many pharmacies have reported in the last few days that appointments for people aged 55 and over were not occupied and there was a risk that some doses would be wasted.
Trudeau told pharmacists during a virtual meeting on Tuesday morning that his office is still working out the details, « but I look forward to having a pharmacist give me my vaccine as soon as we can schedule an appointment in the right processes. »
During the same meeting, Freeland announced that she had sent her children to use their tech skills online and find an appointment for them.
« My daughter said we were on a waiting list so I have to check afterwards, » she said. « But I will get mine as soon as I can and I hope to find a local pharmacy. »
Treasury Secretary Chrystia Freeland gives Prime Minister Justin Trudeau the thumbs up after she saw her at the House of Commons on Monday April 19, 2021 had submitted the federal budget in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS / Sean Kilpatrick
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