'Get your shot as soon as it's your turn': PM seeks to dispel concerns prompted by NACI vaccine guidance

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Addressing the reactions from frustrated medical professionals who have voiced concerns over an influential national panel of immunization experts' most recent COVID-19 vaccine advice to Canadians, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sought to make the federal government's position clear on Tuesday: All authorized vaccines are safe.
OTTAWA -- Addressing the reactions from frustrated medical professionals who have voiced concerns over an influential national panel of immunization experts' most recent COVID-19 vaccine advice to Canadians, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sought to make the federal government's position clear on Tuesday: every vaccine authorized is safe.

"All vaccines in Canada have been approved by Health Canada. Our advice to provinces and territories, and to Canadians, has not changed," Trudeau said during his national address. "Get your shot as soon as it's your turn."

This is in light of The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) being accused of contributing to confusion and doubt about COVID-19 vaccines after doubling down on its position that mRNA vaccines are "preferred" over viral vector doses, and that Canadians should weigh the risks before they decide which one to receive.

Right now NACI isn't even recommending people under the age of 30 receive a viral vector shot, but ultimately that's a decision for provinces to make as part of their respective vaccine rollouts.

It has also suggested that people who are concerned about the rare risk of blood clots associated with the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson shots could opt to "wait" until they can receive a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.

Trudeau faced further questions about the ongoing incongruity between what Health Canada's position on the four COVID-19 vaccines the agency has authorized for use — that they are all safe, effective and can be offered to any adult — and the constantly moving goalposts of who NACI thinks the shots should be given to.

In response, Trudeau said that the federal government's priority is making sure everyone who wants it, can receive their shot as soon as they are eligible. "It is a good thing that we get to hear from a broad range of medical experts and doctors making recommendations to keep us safe. The bottom line is we need to, all of us, get vaccinated as quickly as possible…
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