Australia Sets the AstraZeneca Vaccine for Ages Over 50 Years

UMMATIMES - Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Friday morning, April 9, 2021, that he would not provide the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine to those under 50 years of age. the policy was taken following confirmation of the risk, which is rare but serious, namely blood clots.

Wherever possible, Australia will provide those under 50 years of age only the Pfizer vaccine. This change is also reflected in the incidence of a small number of people who are younger than this limit, experiencing blood clots after receiving the AstraZeneca corona virus vaccine.

"The use of the Pfizer vaccine takes precedence over AstraZeneca for adults less than 50 years of age, who have not received their first dose of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine," said Paul Kelly, Australia's chief medical officer.

According to Kelly, this decision was based on the high risk of complications from Covid-19. People who are older, the potential for developing blood clots is lower. However, Kelly, who has the title of professor, emphasized that fatal blood clots are still very rare.

Kelly said the AstraZeneca Vaccine should only be given to adults under 50 years of age. But clearly, the AstraZeneca corona virus vaccine has more benefits than its mudhorot.

Previously, the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (ATAGI) conducted an evaluation. As a result, ATAGI published a number of recommendations regarding vaccine strategies.

In a written statement, AstraZeneca stated that it accepted the Australian government's decision. But also stressed that the incidence of blood clots is very rare.

“Patient safety is still AstraZeneca's priority. There are tens of millions of people who have received our coronavirus vaccine worldwide. The extensive data set demonstrates its effectiveness and reaffirms that our vaccine could play a role during this public health crisis, "stated an AstraZeneca statement.