The National Advisory Committee (NACI) on Immunizations has suggested that the vaccine should be offered to anyone over 30. Until now, the national cutoff age has been 55.
The recommendation, made during a news conference today, comes less than a month after the NACI suggested that the AstraZeneca vaccine should not be used on people under 55 due to the risk of extremely rare blood clots.
Earlier this week, Ontario and Alberta lowered the age from 55 to 40, according to CTV News, following Manitoba and BC's lead. As Global News reports, Prime Minster Trudeau and his wife recently received their first doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, taking advantage of the lowered age restrictions.
Global News reported that Ontario saw its first case of an AstraZeneca vaccine linked blood clot today. The man, who is in his 60's, is now recovering at home.
The chance of getting a blood clot due to vaccination has made some skeptical about whether or not they should get the jab, however health officials have adamantly stated that the benefits far outweigh the risks.