Millions of Australians are unlikely to receive their first COVID-19 jab by the end of October after the federal government has advised that people under the age of 50 should not be vaccinated against AstraZeneca.
The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine became the preferred shot for Australian adults under the age of 50 after the government received new medical advice around AstraZenecajab after a link to a rare blood clot was confirmed. ..
At a surprise press conference Thursday night, Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly said the Australian Immunization Technology Advisory Group had met after European authorities confirmed the link and was under the age of 50 who had not yet received the first AstraZeneca. Dose recommended for adults to prefer Pfizer shots.
Under the Australian vaccine strategy, most Australians were expected to receive injections of AstraZeneca.
According to Professor Kelly, adults under the age of 50 are advised to receive the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for the first time only in situations where the individual’s benefits clearly outweigh the risks.
He said that anyone who received the first dose of AstraZeneca without serious side effects could safely receive a second dose.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said new advice would be provided to the medical community and ultimately decided how Australians and their doctors would proceed.
“Today the advice here is not to get the AstraZeneca vaccine. It is not prohibited to use the AstraZeneca vaccine for people under the age of 50. There is a statement of preference,” Morrison said.
This development took place after the European findings on the AstraZeneca vaccine were published, and women and people under the age of 60 are said to be at increased risk of developing rare coagulation side effects.
Health Secretary Brendan Murphy emphasized that coagulation is a “very rare event” and Australia is in a “very preventative position.”
“I would like to reiterate that we strongly recommend people over the age of 50 to be vaccinated against AstraZeneca, which is a very effective vaccine to prevent severe COVID,” Murphy said Thursday night. Stated.
“risk [of clotting side effects] It’s very low. “
Health Minister Greg Hunt said injections of AstraZeneca are advice that will continue to be a safe and highly effective vaccine for people in their 50s and older.
The impact of health advice and broader vaccine deployments will be discussed by federal, state, and territory leaders at the National Cabinet Meeting on Friday.
The federal government plans to provide all Australians with the first vaccine by at least the end of October, most receiving AstraZeneca jabs.
However, the Prime Minister now admits that the timeline is suspicious.
“We anticipate that this will require some changes to the arrangements we are making as part of the vaccination rollout,” Morrison said.
“This includes cases where it is expected that the first dose will eventually be offered to all Australians.”
Late stages of “realigned” vaccine deployment
Professor Murphy said authorities would re-plan the priorities of the COVID-19 vaccine program and consider the purchases they made.
He said the early stages of targeting vulnerable Australians would continue almost as planned.
“People over 70 and over 80 continue to win AstraZeneca in the GP and are confident in its effectiveness and safety,” he said.
“For healthcare professionals under the age of 50, Pfizer will become a priority and that particular phase may be delayed. [stage] 1b.
“The important thing is that all vulnerable people who are susceptible to serious COVID will be covered as planned by the middle of this year.”
Professor Murphy acknowledged that as the deployment of the broader vaccine progresses, authorities will need to “re-adjust” and re-prioritize Pfizer doses.
“The program priorities need to be replanned and replanned in the states and territories … How to deliver vaccines. Make better estimates of when work in each phase will be completed and later We need to go back to the stage, “he said.
Australia is not the only country that has changed AstraZeneca’s deployment in response to concerns about blood clots.
The UK is offering alternative vaccines to people under the age of 30 because of the risk, but other countries are considering warning labels.
The Philippine Department of Health stopped using AstraZeneca shots for people under the age of 60 on Thursday.
-Additional reports by AAP.
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