An Australian doctor has urged younger Australians to consider the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine as the risk of a side effect from peanuts is higher.
dr. Kean-Seng Lim of Mt Druitt in western Sydney said NSW is in a situation where for those in hotspot areas getting a vaccine as a priority may be better than waiting for the Pfizer vaccine.
Australia’s largest vaccine authority ATAGI recommends Pfizer for people under 60 because of a very rare side effect of blood clots linked to AstraZeneca – but anyone over 18 can access this option if they give ‘informed consent’.
Australian vaccine authority recommends the Pfizer shot for under 60s, but anyone over 18 can get the AstraZeneca shot if they give ‘informed consent’
Thousands of young Australians have already had the AstraZeneca vaccine and Dr. Lim said it was an “amazingly effective” vaccine, provided the risks and benefits are considered.
“Even in normal times there are reactions to vaccines and frankly you get reactions to everything… I think probably more people die from peanuts than vaccines,” said Dr. Lim Saturday to Today.
“The AstraZeneca vaccines are widely available and any vaccination will now be better than one that isn’t there for you when you need it,” he said.
dr. Lim said there is a possibility that lockdowns across the country cannot successfully contain the delta strain and that vaccination is the only way out of the pandemic.
Sydney-based family physician Dr. Lim (pictured) urged younger people to consider the AstraZeneca vaccine and said the situation in NSW had reached a point where vaccination was particularly important
He said vaccines should be distributed to where they are needed most – and he agrees with NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian’s plea for more virus doses to be allocated to her state.
But Mr Lim also added that compliance with restrictions was still extremely important so that virus numbers do not spiral out of control.
“It is important that we continue to do everything we can to keep the numbers low, because at the moment the number of people in Australia who are actually fully vaccinated is not high enough to give us full protection.”
Currently, approximately 11 percent of the Australian population is fully vaccinated.
The Delta Tribe outbreak that started in Sydney has spread to Victoria, Queensland and South Australia (Photo: Melbourne residents practicing while in lockdown)
What are the chances of getting a blood clot?
Number of people getting 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
Total: 2.3 (0.0023%)
Only three percent of people who get the clots die
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said this week that the vaccine rollout had reached a milestone with 1 million vaccine doses last week.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, there were 324 deaths from anaphylaxis or allergic reactions between 1997 and 2013.
The distribution is 205 from unspecified causes, 52 from drugs, 41 from insect bites, 23 from food allergies and three from blood products.
ATAGI’s latest Vaccine Safety report said that of the 6.1 million doses of AstraZeneca administered in the country, 87 have been cases of blood clots.
According to the government data released on June 28, about two in 100,000 people will develop a blood clot from the AstraZeneca shot and only three percent of those affected will die, a death rate of 0.6 in a million.
Meanwhile, the Covid-19 mortality rate in Australia it is 3.9 percent, or 39,000 in a million.
The risks of Covid and vaccines are different for each individual, depending on personal circumstances such as age, location and job. That’s why politicians and health experts are asking people to talk to their GP about taking the vaccine.
On Wednesday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison also revealed that he is “constantly appealing” to health experts to recommend the AstraZeneca vaccine to younger Australians.
While NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian on Friday called for a huge uproar over the vaccine rollout to get Sydney out of lockdown.
She wants to qualify under 40 for Pfizer in Covid-ravaged areas; to delay second doses of Pfizer for up to six weeks to get more first doses; and to reassign supplies to NSW for states without outbreaks.
The prime minister also called on Atagi to recommend AstraZeneca for people over 40.
NSW has asked the federal government to allocate more vaccines to the NSW (Photo: A nurse delivers the Pfizer vaccine)
Lieutenant General John Frewen, head of vaccine rollout, said other states should agree to give up their doses.
He also said that Ms. Berejiklian’s plan to hand out more Pfizer is not a complete solution.
“Suddenly deciding to throw a particular vaccine into a particular geographic area doesn’t give you an immediate solution to a problem,” he said.
The Prime Minister urged over-40s to take the AstraZeneca vaccine and revealed she wants the Australian Immunization Technical Advisory Group to recommend the shot for over-40s.
“There are many people in New South Wales in their 40s, 50s and 60s who do not have a vaccine.
‘We tell everyone: get vaccinated, see your doctor if you’re concerned. We have more capacity for AstraZeneca,” she said.
On July 9, Morrison announced a four-step plan to bring Australia back to normal, with each step to be started when vaccination coverage reaches a certain percentage.
The required vaccination rates are calculated by model experts at The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity and will be released at the end of July.
What are the four stages of opening?
1. Vaccinate, Prepare and Trial (from July 14)
Arrival caps halved to 3,035 per week; lockdowns and state border closures as a last resort; trials of seven-day home quarantine for vaccinated arrivals; medicare vaccination certificates available in apps like Apple Wallet
2. Post-vaccination phase (when a still unannounced percentage of Aussies are stung, expected early next year)
No lockdowns or state borders except in ‘extreme circumstances’; limits for unvaccinated arrivals doubled to 6,070; home quarantine for vaccinated arrivals; limited entry for students and economic visa holders
3. Consolidation phase (date not disclosed)
Removal of all outbound travel restrictions for vaccinated travellers; no limits for vaccinated arrivals; vaccinated people exempt from domestic restrictions; increased limits for students and visa holders; more travel bubbles arise with countries like Singapore; booster shots rolled out
4. Final phase (date unknown)
Unlimited arrivals for vaccinated people without any quarantine and unlimited arrivals for unvaccinated people with pre-departure and on-arrival testing