Head of nursing in Prince Edward Island offers reassurances that vaccines are safe

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CHARLOTTETOWN — The head of nursing in Prince Edward Island says some residents cancelled their vaccination appointments today after the province suspended use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine because of safety concerns.

Marion Dowling says residents should know only Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are being administered in the province and that they are safe.

The Island had been administering the AstraZeneca vaccine to people aged 18-29 but stopped because of advice from Canada's National Advisory Committee on Immunization.

Chief medical officer of health Dr. Heather Morrison says the province has an adequate supply of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines to support the vaccine rollout. She says officials will review studies on the AstraZeneca vaccine, which is linked to rare cases of blood clots.

Prince Edward Island is reporting three new cases of COVID-19 today and has 14 active known infections.

Health officials say the new cases involve two people under 19 and one person in their 40s, who are all close contacts of previously reported infections.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 30, 2021.

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