Calls for people over 60 to get the AstraZeneca vaccine now or else they’ll wait months before getting a shot in their arms
- Over-60s urged to get AstraZeneca or back in line for Pfizer
- New doses of Pfizer arriving in Australia are prioritized for age group 12-39
- More than three million doses of AstraZeneca await delivery
- The time between the first and second dose can be shortened from 12 to four weeks
Australians over 60 will be urged to get AstraZeneca as soon as possible or wait until Christmas for an alternative vaccine like Pfizer.
In a letter sent by the federal government to 586,713 unvaccinated people between the ages of 60 and 69, the group is warned that people over 60 have a greatly increased risk of developing serious illness with Covid-19 and the like. should be vaccinated as soon as possible’ .
Over-60s are urged to get the AstraZeneca now or wait until Christmas to access an alternative vaccine
While millions of Pfizer doses will still arrive in Australia in October, as will the Moderna vaccine, these will be prioritized for the 9.8 million Australians between the ages of 12 and 39.
Pfizer doses are expected to nearly double to 4.8 million to 9 million by October, but there are also three million doses of the locally produced AstraZeneca waiting to be delivered.
AstraZeneca is the vaccine of choice for the 60-69 age group.
People over 60 are warned they will otherwise be back in line for the Pfizer vaccine, potentially delaying Australia’s efforts to end lockdowns and lift restrictions as soon as 70 and 80 percent of the population is vaccinated.
The carrot for those over 60 is the chance to be reunited with children and grandchildren by Christmas.
‘If you get 95 percent of the over-60s and 65 percent of the younger population’ [vaccinated], that will get you to the 80 percent faster,” said University of Melbourne epidemiologist Professor Tony Blakely News Corp Australia.
More than 80 percent of people over 60 have already had their first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
It has also been suggested to narrow the gap between the first and second dose of Astra Zeneca from 12 weeks to just four weeks to help accelerate the number of double dose recipients in Australia.
New doses of Pfizer arriving in Australia in October will be prioritized for 12-39-year-old group to boost Australia’s vaccination coverage
People over 60 will be back in line as they wait for Pfizer and other vaccines, potentially impacting Australia’s efforts to get 80 percent of the population fully vaccinated.
“The recent outbreaks of the contagious Delta COVID-19 strain means it is even more important that Australians over 60 are now vaccinated,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.
“AstraZeneca has been proven to be as effective as any COVID-19 vaccine and we have already delivered nearly 10 million doses in Australia.”
Hesitation in the elderly about the AstraZeneca is related to some reports of people experiencing clotting after receiving the vaccine.
The website of the Federal Ministry of Health states that AstraZeneca has been associated with “a very rare but serious side effect called thrombosis in combination with thrombocytopenia.”
“There is a very small chance of this side effect, which can occur in about 4-6 people in every million after vaccination.”
As of yesterday, 59.6 percent of people over the age of 16 have had at least one vaccine dose in Australia, while 35.7 percent are now fully vaccinated.