Australia All adults in Sydney recommended to get the AstraZeneca vaccine

14:08  24 july  2021
14:08  24 july  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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New vaccine advice recommends AstraZeneca jab for ALL adults in Sydney - and urges those in hotspots to get second dose early. By Eliza Mcphee For Daily Mail Australia. While the vaccines are usually given 12 weeks apart, ATAGI has pushed for those living in more at risk suburbs to have their second dose between four and eight weeks after their first. 'All individuals aged 18 years and above in Greater Sydney , including adults under 60 years of age, should strongly consider getting vaccinated with any available vaccine including COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca ,' the group said in a statement.

“We need to get at least the first jab for as many people as we can in those affected communities as possible, and that’s why we are asking for a refocus of the national vaccination strategy,” she stated, noting that some parts of the country have no cases at all. Berejiklian has labeled the situation a “national emergency,” with an outbreak in Sydney ballooning to nearly Resultantly around half of the country’s population are subject to lockdown rules. Only 15% of Australian adults have been inoculated against Covid-19 amid supply delays and warnings against the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine .

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Sydneysiders over the age of 18 have been told to 'strongly consider' getting the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine by Australia's top immunisation advisory body.

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) on Saturday night said it was changing its advice in response to Sydney's surging cluster of coronavirus cases - which grew by another 163 infections overnight.

ATAGI said it was also advising Australians living in areas with coronavirus outbreaks to shorten the time between their first and second doses to four to eight weeks instead of the usual 12.

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Dr Lim said when the AstraZeneca vaccine was first offered there was a great response at his medical clinic but some residents aged 60 and over are now waiting to get the Pfizer shot. He said 600 out of his 3,600 patients were eligible for AstraZeneca but a third of these are 'showing anxiety' about But Australian adults under 60 can still access the AstraZeneca shot if they discuss the decision with their GP and give informed consent. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been ramping up pressure on the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation to rethink that advice - arguing the outbreaks in

Morrison has defended the Australian government's vaccination rollout, claiming it is only a few months behind schedule and saying a more advanced vaccine rollout would not have stopped cases from rising in Sydney . According to the Australian Department of Health, only those aged 40 and Australians aged 18 and above are permitted to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine if a medical professional approves, but most countries have warned against the distribution of AstraZeneca 's vaccine to young people due to concerns over its side effects, which can include rare potentially deadly blood clotting.

'All individuals aged 18 years and above in Greater Sydney, including adults under 60 years of age, should strongly consider getting vaccinated with any available vaccine including Covid-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca,' the group said in a statement.

'ATAGI reaffirms our previous advice that in a large outbreak, the benefits of the Covid-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca are greater than the risk of rare side effects for all age groups.'

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While the Pfizer vaccine is the preferred vaccine for Australians under 60, the advisory group says due to Sydney's latest outbreak and the lack of Pfizer supplies, it was important that all adults 'strongly consider' getting the alternative jab.

The group noted this was due to the current Delta strain of the virus that is circulating in Sydney being more 'severe' in younger people than previous strains.

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The president of the Australian Medical Association, Dr Omar Khorshid, says it is unlikely lockdown measures can contain the Delta outbreak in New South Wales and has urged the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (Atagi) to recommend the AstraZeneca vaccine for more age groups. The advice states when there is an outbreak and the supply of Pfizer is limited, people under 60 without immediate access to Pfizer should “reassess the benefits to them and their contacts from being vaccinated with Covid-19 vaccine AstraZeneca , versus the rare risk of a serious side-effect”.

'The proportion of people less than 60 years requiring hospitalisation appears to be higher than was reported in outbreaks with the original SARS-CoV-2 strain,' ATAGI said.

'This reinforces the benefit of protection with any available vaccine.'

The Pfizer vaccine had been recommended for younger people due to the risk of the extremely rare but potentially fatal blood clotting disorder linked to the AstraZeneca shot.

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Anyone over the age of 18 could already access the vaccine as long as they provided 'informed consent'.

Video: AstraZeneca still unavailable for under 40s at NSW government vaccination hubs (Sky News Australia)

It's estimated around 40,000 Australians have had the AstraZeneca jab under the age of 40 since June 28 when it was announced those wanting to the shot could ask their GPs.

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An outbreak in Sydney linked to the highly contagious Delta variant has grown to 128 cases. Cases have also been recorded in the Northern Territory, Queensland and Western Australia. Officials say it is a "critical time". Australia has kept case numbers low with border closures and lockdowns. So far, just under 5% of Australia's adult population have been fully vaccinated under a phased rollout, and roughly 30% have received a first dose of either the Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccine . However, significant levels of hesitancy have been recorded around the AstraZeneca vaccine due to its link to

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Meanwhile around 15 per cent of the total population has been fully vaccinated altogether.

The change in health advice comes after it was revealed another 50,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine from the national 'emergency stockpile' would be delivered to Sydney to help combat the spread of the virus.

The federal government will send the extra Pfizer vaccine doses to NSW on top of the 150,000 already sent after a plea for help from NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian.

The Commonwealth will send the vials from a national stockpile after other states and territories rebuffed the NSW government's plea for more vaccines on Friday.

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What are the chances of getting a blood clot?

Number of people who get blood clots after AstraZeneca per 100,000 people:

18-29 years: 1.9

30-39 years: 1.6

40-49 years: 5.0

50-59 years: 2.7

60-69 years: 1.4

70-79 years: 1.8

80+ years: 1.9

Overall: 2.3 (0.0023%)

Only three per cent of people who get the clots die

Source: ATAGI

Frustration had risen among Australians at the Federal Government's handling of the agonisingly slow vaccine rollout.

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison addressed the issue this week and apologised for the millions still yet to receive the jab.

'I'm sorry that we haven't been able to achieve the marks that we had hoped for at the beginning of this year. Of course I am,' he said on Thursday.

'But what's more important is that we're totally focused on ensuring that we've been turning this around.

'I take responsibility for the things that haven't gone as well as we'd have liked and I take responsibility for the things that have worked as well.

'No country gets everything right, no Prime Minister gets everything right as well. So, my job is to keep getting on with the job.'

Earlier this week the Therapeutic Goods Administration said a 44-year-old man from Tasmania and a 48-year-old woman from Victoria had died after taking their first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

In total there have been six deaths out of the 6million doses of the AstraZeneca jab administered in Australia since the Covid-19 vaccine rollout began, according to the TGA.

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