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Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine recommended for adults 30+ in Canada, NACI says | FULL

CA, 04 May 2021
Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) is recommending Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine to adults 30-years and older.

"At this time based on the current evidence, NACI recommends that similar to the AstraZeneca vaccine, the Janssen vaccine may be offered to individuals thirty years of age and older, without contra indications if the individual prefers and earlier vaccine rather than waiting for an mRNA vaccine and if the benefits outweigh the risk," said NACI Vice-Chair Dr. Shelley Deeks.

Health Canada has authorized the vaccine for adults at least 18 years old.

NACI did not rule out getting the J&J vaccine during pregnancy, but said an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, such as Pfizer-BioNtech’s or Moderna’s, is preferred.

The news comes several days after Health Canada announced it was postponing the country’s first shipment of J&J vaccines due to quality control issues.

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