Australia’s knowledgeable panel ATAGI reconsiders recommendation on AstraZeneca vaccine
The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) held a gathering on Monday night to rethink its recommendation on the AstraZeneca vaccine, together with whether or not it ought to decrease the advisable age threshold for the vaccine.
Presently, the physique recommends the usage of the AstraZeneca vaccine for older Australians, aged over 60.
In an announcement, ATAGI mentioned the panel “continues to overview its recommendation round AstraZeneca, together with updating supplies and recommendation for well being practitioners”.
The advisory group can be contemplating the recommendation on the advisable ready interval earlier than taking the second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Beforehand, a interval between eight and 12 weeks was advisable earlier than having the second dose of AstraZeneca.
Over the weekend, NSW chief well being officer Kerry Chant urged these eligible for a second AstraZeneca dose to think about having it on the six-week mark to offer elevated safety through the rising outbreak in Sydney.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian earlier at this time urged residents aged between 40 and 60 to ebook a vaccination appointment now that the rollout is being expanded to obtainable at pharmacies and three extra NSW Well being vaccination centres.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison mentioned the escalating COVID-19 outbreak in Sydney may change the danger profile for individuals taking the AstraZeneca vaccine – and due to this fact the recommendation ATAGI gives to the federal government.
“The place the stability of danger modifications, as an example, like whenever you’ve obtained an outbreak like what we’re seeing in Sydney in the intervening time,” he advised Sky Information. “Due to the very low incidence of the instances that contain these problems – and fairly critical ones of very uncommon circumstances – the stability or danger suggestions for having the vaccine.
“And that’s the reason it is vitally vital that individuals have that dialogue with their physician.”
The top of Australia’s vaccine process power mentioned he additionally needs younger individuals residing in Sydney to get vaccinated as rapidly as potential as the town’s COVID-19 disaster worsens.
Lieutenant Normal John Frewen urged individuals aged underneath 40 residing in hotspot areas to speak to their physician about getting the AstraZeneca vaccine, regardless of Pfizer being most popular for that age group.
Lt Gen Frewen mentioned individuals in southwest Sydney wanted to weigh up the dangers of getting coronavirus towards the vaccine recommendation.
“These individuals between 18 and 40 must decide now about whether or not they need to take their possibilities with the Delta virus or whether or not they need to get down, have a dialogue with their GPs and get AstraZeneca,” he mentioned.