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World Island under-40s offered alternative to AZ vaccine

04:00  11 may  2021
04:00  11 may  2021 Source:   bbc.com

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People under the age of 40 on the Isle of Man will be offered an alternative to the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine.

a close up of a hand: The island's vaccination programme will focus on delivering second doses from this week © PA Media The island's vaccination programme will focus on delivering second doses from this week

It follows advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

Previously only under-30s were offered a different vaccine due to a link with rare blood clots.

Those who have had a first dose of Oxford-AstraZeneca jab will still be offered a second.

'Extremely rare'

Anyone under-40 with underlying health conditions will still be offered the AstraZeneca vaccine.

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The move brings the island in line with the UK.

Health Minister David Ashford said serious side effects were "extremely rare".

He said the benefits of receiving the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab "continue to outweigh the risks...for the vast majority of people".

Supplies of the Pfizer-BioNTech jab would not be available for first doses until late July, he added.

More than 60,000 people on the island have now received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, which is 81% of the adult population.

About 42% of the 10,822 people in the 30 to 39 age group who have had a vaccine have been given a first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab.

Mr Ashford said: "I must emphasise that anyone who has received their first vaccine dose must have a second dose to be fully protected from Covid-19.

"If you have had a first dose of AstraZeneca then your second dose must be AstraZeneca."

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