Sam Armytage says ‘Australians are much smarter than Hollywood’ during Covid-19 vaccine rollout

* Pfizer recommended for people from 16 to 60

* AstraZeneca recommended for people over 60

* Age ranges based on the relative risk between receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine and developing blood clots known as thrombosis and thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS)

*Official medical expert advice won’t stop anyone under 60 from getting an AstraZeneca shot if they want to

*GPs may provide AstraZeneca to adults under the age of 60 if Pfizer is not available, the benefits are likely to outweigh the risks to that individual, and they are making an informed choice

*Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, who has had Pfizer, says no one under 60 should get AstraZeneca

* Western Australian Prime Minister Mark McGowan says people under 40 should not get AstraZeneca

* NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, who has had two doses of AstraZeneca, says people should make decisions based on their GP’s advice

* Prime Minister Scott Morrison says people should follow their GP’s advice

* His government has provided GPs with a no-fault compensation scheme and has given people Medicare coverage for vaccine consultations

* Thousands of people under 60 have followed the Prime Minister’s advice and booked an AstraZeneca shot with their GP


* For 18-29 years, the risk of a TTS blood clot is 1.9 per 100,000 AstraZeneca shots

* For 30-39s it is 1.6/100,000

* For 40-49s it is 5/100,000

* For 50-59s it is 2.7/100,000


*Common side effects of vaccination include fatigue, headache, body aches and fever

* Severity of illness due to TTS (affecting 64 Australians so far) ranges from mild blood clotting to fatalities

* Half of TTS cases in Australia have been discharged from hospital

* One in four has been more serious and required treatment in intensive care, and two people have died