"They are highly effective vaccines, they are life-saving vaccines, they are safe vaccines and we should get on with deploying them", she told a news conference.
At this time, World Health Organization considers that the benefits of the AstraZeneca vaccine outweigh its risks and recommends that vaccinations continue.
The government must make data and analysis on AEFI public, and communicate clearly and regularly on this to allay vaccine fears and doubts.
Ministers have been insisting the Oxford vaccine is safe, with Matt Hancock saying it is "saving lives in the United Kingdom right now".
Figures from the European Centers for Disease Prevention and Control this week show there are about 7 million unused AstraZeneca vaccines across the 27-nation EU.
This has led several European countries including Italy, Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Ireland and Norway to halt rollout of the vaccine.
A new poll suggests more Canadians are heeding that advice. She noted the daily toll that COVID-19 is continuing to take across Europe and said vaccines were critical to stopping its spread.
One-quarter said they would be willing to wait to get a shot they prefer.
Reports of coagulation disorders-blood clots and low platelet levels that could cause haemorrhage-in a handful of persons after receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine have cast a shadow on the vaccine, despite no causal link having been established. "The choice is a political one".
On Tuesday, the EMA's executive director, Emer Cooke, said that the agency's priority was safety and that it would consider such issues as whether extra warnings were warranted for the AstraZeneca vaccine.
"We are anxious that there may be an effect on the trust of the vaccines", Executive Director Emer Cooke said.
The online poll of 1,512 adult Canadians was carried out March 12 to 14 and can not be assigned a margin of error because internet-based surveys are not considered random samples.
Bourque said Canadians seem to feel that we're rounding the corner as vaccination campaigns are accelerate across the country.