Australia won’t give AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine to folks beneath the age of 50 years previous, turning into the newest nation to restrict the vaccine’s use over the issues of blood clots.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison made the announcement Thursday after receiving recommendation from the vaccine professional job power, the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunization.
The group’s recommendation “is obvious that the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is very efficient in stopping extreme illness brought on by COVID-19.”
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“The medical recommendation to the federal government is that the danger of blood clotting negative effects from the AstraZeneca vaccine is 4 to 6 in 1 million folks, within the first 4 to 20 days submit the vaccine. It is a uncommon however severe aspect impact,” Morrison mentioned.
Based mostly on that data, it is strongly recommended that Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine be given to folks beneath the age of 50 years previous and AstraZeneca’s vaccine ought to solely be given as a primary dose to folks beneath 50 when the profit “clearly outweighs the danger for that particular person.”
Morrison mentioned the group advises individuals who have already acquired their first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine with none severe negative effects to be given their second dose, together with folks beneath the age of 50.
The 50-year-old cut-off is predicated on the adversarial negative effects officers have noticed, with blood clots being extra frequent in younger folks and fewer frequent in older folks, Chief Well being Officer Paul Kelly mentioned on Thursday.
Australia joins an extended checklist of nations which have both suspended use of the vaccine or restricted its administration to older recipients. Spain made an analogous announcement hours earlier than Australia, stating it would solely give AstraZeneca’s vaccine to folks older than 60 years previous.
The European Medicines Company revealed a report on Wednesday stating that the aspect impact of blood clots may be very uncommon and the general advantages outweigh any potential dangers.