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Australia Man who received both jabs of Pfizer and AstraZeneca won't get Moderna

08:55  24 september  2021
08:55  24 september  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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A man who famously received both Pfizer and AstraZeneca jabs has said it would be 'oddball behaviour' for him to now get the Moderna vaccine.

Tom Lee, 34, from Sydney, earlier defended his decision to get the four jabs, insisting he didn't skip any queues and merely lined up to wait his turn at vaccine hubs.

By July he'd been fully vaccinated with both options despite not being an essential worker or even in the age group that was available to Pfizer.

Earlier this month Mr Lee was asked if he'd be getting the Moderna shot to complete the vaccination trifecta.

'No there's no need, it was funny in July when nobody was vaccinated but it'd just be oddball behaviour now,' he tweeted.

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At the time of his vaccination, the Pfizer vaccine was only available to people over 40 in Australia or those working in critical sectors, such as hotel quarantine, while AstraZeneca was on offer for anyone who wanted it.

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But instead of waiting the predicted three months to get the Pfizer jab, Mr Lee simply turned up at a vaccine centre and tried his luck.

'If the Delta variant wants to test its strength, it should come down to Greater Sydney,' he earlier tweeted with a picture of a certificate of his Covid vaccinations.


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Alongside a video of his jab journey, he added: 'This may be the greatest work of art to have emerged from the pandemic. A triumph of the free man over bureaucracy.'

Medics say doubling up with first and second doses of both vaccines could provide maximum protection against Covid but this is not recommended in Australia.

'As for queue jumping, I don't see it like that. I haven't stolen any vaccines,' Mr Lee earlier told news.com.au.

'I literally lined up in the queue to get it. Getting vaccinated takes a bit of leg work and anyone can do it.

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'Pay attention to where the vaccines are available, be it GP or the vaccination centre at Olympic Park, and just go there and ask to be vaccinated. It worked for me.

'NSW Health are not going to turn away the vaccine keen. The impression I get is NSW Health are not interested in being vaccine police for the federal government.'

Mr Lee said he'd done research and read a study from England which suggested mixing the vaccines were effective.

Research into the efficacy of doubling up vaccines is still at an early stage but an Oxford University study into single shots of each type has shown promise.

The 'Com-COV' trial included 830 volunteers aged over 50 and showed an AstraZeneca jab followed by a Pfizer jab four weeks later was almost as good as a double dose of Pfizer alone.

Reversing the order though was less effective - and a double dose of Pfizer still produced the best results in the fight against Covid.

However, the study did not research the effects of Mr Lee's double-dose of both vaccines and their effect on antibodies against the disease.

a group of people sitting at a table: Tom Lee (pictured here with a friend in a bar) summed up his motivation for the double dose of both vaccines in a single tweet midway through his mission: 'Doing whatever it takes to get my dirty 30s back.' © Provided by Daily Mail Tom Lee (pictured here with a friend in a bar) summed up his motivation for the double dose of both vaccines in a single tweet midway through his mission: 'Doing whatever it takes to get my dirty 30s back.' Read more

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