COVID19 Vaccine Updates

On Friday April 16, 2021, Ontario presented data that predicts that by the end of May, the province will have up to 18,000 new COVID-19 cases per day and 1,800 ICU admissions.

To get through this third wave safely, COFMA physicians encourage all our patients to:

1. Get the first vaccine you are offered, which includes the AstraZeneca vaccine. As of Tuesday April 20, this vaccine will be available at pharmacies for people aged 40 years and older.
2. Stay at home.
3. Leave your home only for essential reasons, like picking up groceries, prescriptions, or to see your doctor when needed.
4. Do not gather with others who live outside your household.
5. Continue to wear a mask, frequently wash or sanitize your hands, and maintain at least a 6-foot distance from those who are not a part of your household.

Recently, we have been receiving calls about concerns of serious blood clots from AstraZeneca vaccine, which is the only COVID-19 vaccine being given at pharmacies. We would like to explain why we strongly support use of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Tens of millions of individuals have received this vaccine so far. From these vaccinations, we have so far seen that the vaccine is 100% effective in preventing you from becoming severely ill or dying from COVID-19. We have also seen that the vaccine is extremely safe, and that the risk of blood clots is very low:

Risk of blood clot from AstraZeneca vaccine: 1 to 4 in a million.
Risk of blood clot from a long-haul flight: 1.65 in a million
Risk of being hit by lightning this year: 1 in a million
Risk of dying in a car accident: 38 in a million
Risk of a blood clot if you are hospitalized with COVID: 147,000 in a million
Risk of dying from COVID if you are 55 years old: 800 in a million.
Risk of dying from COVID if you are 25 years old: 11 in a million

Moreover, the type of blood clot that can occur with the AstraZeneca vaccine is treatable.

No medical treatment, vaccine, or procedure comes without any risk, but the AstraZeneca vaccine exceeds all conventional standards for safety and effectiveness.

It is safe even for people who have had a prior blood clot, those with a blood clotting tendency (e.g., factor V Leiden mutation), those who are receiving blood thinners, and those with other pre-existing medical conditions.

Because we are in the midst of a third wave of infection, the risk of being exposed to COVID is higher than ever. That means everyone’s COVID-related risks are higher than vaccine-related risks. We recommend getting your COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible.

At this time, we are not administering any COVID-19 vaccines at our office. If you are age 60 or above, you can book for your COVID-19 vaccine through the provincial booking website at ontario.ca/bookvaccine or at a participating pharmacy near you.

If you are age 40 and above, you can now book an appointment for your COVID-19 vaccine through a participating pharmacy by visiting the following website: covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations. You can also visit ontario.ca/bookvaccine to see if you’re eligible to book an appointment at a mass immunization clinic offered by public health.

Keep well and stay safe,
Your COFMA family physicians