Updated Advice on the Covid-19 Astra Zeneca Vaccine

Based on updated advice from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGA), all patients under the age of 60 are recommended to have Pfizer as the preferred vaccine. In accordance with this advice from ATAGI, the Panaceum Group are not providing the AstraZeneca vaccine to anyone under the age of 60 years.

For updates on when you are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine and when the Pfizer vaccine will be available in the area, please use the COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Checker.

Updated Advice from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI)

What is the new ATAGI advice?

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) have reviewed their advice on the AstraZeneca vaccine. They have recommended that Pfizer is the preferred vaccine for people aged under 60 years.
This doesn’t change who is currently eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine, but it means if you are under 60 it is preferred you get the Pfizer vaccine.

Why has the advice changed?

ATAGI have made this recommendation because of new evidence that shows the risk of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome, or TTS (which is a rare blood clotting syndrome) in the 50 – 59 age group is higher than initially thought.

I’ve had my first dose of AstraZeneca, should I get Pfizer for my second dose?

No, this isn’t necessary. If you have had your first AstraZeneca vaccine dose without any serious side effects, you can receive your second dose as planned. To ensure maximum long term immunity, it is important you receive two doses of the same COVID-19 vaccine.

I’ve had my first dose of AstraZeneca, and have side effects that I am worried about. What should I do?

If you have recently had your first vaccine dose and are experiencing any side effects that you are worried about please call the practice to make an appointment with your GP.

I am 60 years or over, is the AstraZeneca vaccine still safe for me?

Yes, the AstraZeneca vaccine is still safe for you.

The risk of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome, or TTS (which is a rare blood clotting syndrome), is much lower in people aged 60 years and over.
Additionally, if you are aged 60 and over you are much more likely to become seriously unwell if you catch COVID-19.

I’m booked in for my first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine and I am under 60, what do I do?

If you are aged under 60 years, and you have an appointment to receive your first dose of AstraZeneca, it is recommended you cancel this booking. You can schedule an appointment at a Pfizer vaccination site instead. If you need to find the site closest to you, you can use the COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Checker.

Where can I get a Pfizer vaccine?

Some Commonwealth Vaccination Clinics (CVCs) are currently providing the Pfizer vaccine, along with many state based clinics. All CVCs and many General Practices will have the Pfizer vaccines in the coming weeks or months.

To book an appointment and see where the closest clinic is to you, you can use the COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Checker.

If an appointment is not available right away, new clinics and appointments are being added regularly, so you can wait a few days and check again.

I am under 60, and I am fully vaccinated with AstraZeneca, do I have to get Pfizer now?

If you have received both doses of the vaccine you do not need to get vaccinated with any other COVID-19 vaccine.

Are booster doses needed for the COVID-19 vaccines?

There is no clear indication yet, as to whether booster vaccinations will be required. When this information becomes available, the public will be informed.

 

Further Information:

Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) Statement

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