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People urged to get COVID-19 vaccine despite first death following shot

Last Updated Apr 27, 2021 at 8:18 pm EDT

A COVID-19 vaccine is prepared in Toronto, ON (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

MONTREAL (CityNews) – Doctors are continuing to urge the public to get vaccinated following the death of a Montreal woman who had recently received the AstraZeneca vaccine.

“Unfortunately why these things are so tragic is because we know there’s a benefit to them,” Dr. Christopher Labos explained to CityNews.

“The reason why we use any vaccine, medicine or intervention is because we know that the benefit out weighs the risks.”

Quebec’s public health director, Dr. Horacio Arruda, shared the news of the 54-year-old woman’s death during the government’s health update on Tuesday.

WATCH: Full interview with Dr. Christopher Labos

Labos added the risk of death from getting the COVID-19 vaccine is very low, and getting a blood clot is rare.

“Of the people who get the blood clots, if it’s not diagnosed or treated early, yes, there is a possibility that people could die,” added Labos.

“The risk is there to be sure, but in reality the risk of dying from COVID is much higher, and we’ve seen the proof of that when you look at all the people who have died over the course of the pandemic.”

Quebec Health Minister Christian Dube says the province is currently investigating four cases of serious complications out of some 400,000 people who have received the AstraZeneca vaccine.

-with files from Samsara Rainville