Sydney man Tom Lee who received both doses of Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccine will not receive Moderna
The compelling reason why the man who got FOUR Covid shots – two from AstraZeneca and Pfizer – has decided not to get a fifth from Moderna for the time being…
- Sydneysider Tom Lee received double doses of both Pfizer and AstraZeneca
- His simple trick to getting both was to queue at vaccine hubs
- Mr Lee has since revealed that he will not be getting the Moderna vaccine
- He said it was ‘strange behavior’ for him to complete the vaccine trifecta
A man who has received both Pfizer and AstraZeneca shots has said it would be “strange behavior” for him to get the Moderna vaccine now.
Tom Lee, 34, of Sydney, previously defended his decision to get the four shots, insisting that he didn’t skip queues and just queued up to wait his turn at vaccine hubs.
By July, he was fully vaccinated with both options, despite not being an essential worker or even in the age group available to Pfizer.
Earlier this month, Mr Lee was asked if he would be given the Moderna shot to complete the vaccination trifecta.
“No, it’s not necessary, it was funny in July when nobody got vaccinated, but now it would just be strange behaviour,” he tweeted.
Tom Lee, 34, from Sydney, says he won’t get the Moderna vaccine after getting both Pfizer and AstraZeneca injections
Mr Lee (pictured) got his fourth Covid vaccine in June after doubling down on double doses of both Pfizer and AstraZeneca shots – and he’s only 34
At the time of his vaccination, the Pfizer vaccine was only available to people over 40 in Australia or to people working in critical sectors such as hotel quarantine, while AstraZeneca was offered to anyone who wanted it.
But instead of waiting the predicted three months to get the Pfizer shot, Mr. Lee just went to a vaccine center and tried his luck.
“If the Delta variant wants to test its strength, it must come to Greater Sydney,” he tweeted earlier with a photo of a certificate of his Covid vaccinations.
Alongside a video of his jab journey, he added: ‘This is arguably the greatest piece of art to have emerged from the pandemic. A triumph of the free man over bureaucracy.’
Doctors say doubling the first and second doses of both vaccines can provide maximum protection against Covid, but this is not recommended in Australia.
‘As for queuing, I don’t see it that way. I haven’t stolen any vaccines,” Mr Lee said earlier news.com.au.
Doctors say doubling the first and second doses of both vaccines could provide maximum protection against Covid, and Mr. Lee set his sights on double, starting with his first dose of AstraZeneca on March 31.
Tom Lee (pictured) had his first AstraZeneca shot on March 31 and has since received a second dose of AstraZeneca and now both doses of Pfizer.
He said it would be ‘strange behavior’ for him to get the Moderna vaccine now
“I literally stood in line to get it. Getting vaccinated takes some legwork and anyone can do it.
“Pay attention to where the vaccines are available, be it the GP or the vaccination center in Olympic Park, and just go there and ask to get vaccinated. It worked for me.
NSW Health will not strongly reject the vaccine. The impression I get is that NSW Health is not interested in federal government vaccine policing.’
Mr Lee said he had researched and read a study from England that suggested mixing the vaccines was effective.
Research on the efficacy of doubling vaccines is still in its early stages, but an Oxford University study of individual injections of each type has shown promise.
The ‘Com-COV’ study involved 830 volunteers over the age of 50 and showed that an AstraZeneca shot followed by a Pfizer shot four weeks later was almost as good as a double dose of Pfizer alone.
However, reversing the order was less effective – and a double dose of Pfizer still delivered the best results in the fight against Covid.
However, the study did not examine the effects of Mr. Lee’s double dose of both vaccines and their effect on antibodies to the disease.
Tom Lee (pictured here with a friend in a bar) summed up his motivation for the double dose of both vaccines halfway through his mission in a single tweet: “Doing what it takes to get my dirty 30s back.”