09 April 2021

Administration of the AstraZeneca vaccine for under 50 years

This information was received by the Australian Government as of Friday 9 April. What is this side effect that everyone is talking about associated with the AstraZeneca vaccine? There is evidence of a likely link between the AstraZeneca vaccine and an extremely rare blood clotting syndrome (thrombosis with thrombocytopenia). The recommendation from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) is that use of Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer) is preferred over AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in adults under 50 years old who have not already had a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine. Is the AstraZeneca vaccine safe? Yes. The individual...