Many Quebecers aged 55 and over avoid the AstraZeneca vaccine for fear of developing blood clots in the days following the COVID vaccination. A specialist reassures and sets the record straight.
“There will be one clot per 100,000 to 250,000 doses of the vaccine given. A woman who uses oral contraceptives has a 1 in 2,500 risk of developing a blood clot; thus, the risk increases 100 times,” said Matthew Simon, head of the ICU. At the University Institute of Cardiology and Pulmonary Diseases of Quebec (IUCPQ).
The medical specialist adds that in Quebec there are 150 cases of blood clots per 100,000 people annually. “It’s common here and around the world regardless of vaccination. We know how to treat strokes and they are not fatal events,” he explains.
“You are more likely to have a blood clot while sitting in the confinement seat than being vaccinated,” says Dr. Simon.
The specialist also remembers that COVID causes strokes, that patients also died in intensive care, and that the risk of exposure to the Coronavirus is greater than the potential risk of blood clots resulting from vaccination.
“When you look at the benefit that comes from vaccination, there is a small risk and 1 in 250,000 chance of returning to normal life,” says Matteo Simon.
He said vaccination is the only bulwark against the British variant and other variants that could affect Quebec. “We need to vaccinate as many people as possible, as quickly as possible. If I were Minister of Health, a position I absolutely do not aspire to, I would open vaccination in AstraZenaca. [aux gens de moins de 55 ans]», Concludes Matthew Simon.