The Ontario government has reported the first fatal case of an extremely rare blood clot that has been detected in a small number of residents who received the AstraZeneca/COVISHEILD COVID-19 vaccine.
Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Ontario’s associate chief medical officer of health, made the announcement during a news conference at Queen’s Park Tuesday afternoon.
She said a man in his 40s developed vaccine-induced immune thrombotic thrombocytopenia (VITT) after receiving his first dose of the vaccine at the end of April and died a few weeks later.
“While the investigation is ongoing and a final cause of death has yet to be officially determined, it has been confirmed the official did have VITT at the time of his death,” Yaffe told reporters.
She said residents who had the AstraZeneca vaccine “should feel very confident” in their decision to get the vaccine.
“The risks associated with this vaccine are rare, but they are real,” Yaffe said, encouraging people with questions to contact their medical providers.
To date, more than a million people in Ontario have received the AstraZeneca vaccine and in total there have been 13 publicly confirmed cases of VITT.
This is a developing story that will be updated throughout the afternoon.
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