Australia: Vaccination with AstraZeneca for age under 50 suspended

A lot of contradictions could be heard and read in the media about vaccination and the distribution of vaccines. From political games between manufacturers and the governments of some countries to the inscription that some vaccines have not been fully tested properly and yet are applied to vaccinate people. Undoubtedly, vaccination is necessary in order for people to be saved from the plague of this virus, and to acquire immunity. However, there seem to be many unexplained things, to us "ordinary mortals". Maybe stories like "conspiracy theories" are there to make the news more readable than usual, but if there is a lot we don't know, there is.


Thus, Australia joined the countries that limited the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine and recommended that it not be given to those under 50 years of age.


The decision came after several emergency meetings of drug regulators after the European Medicines Agency said it had discovered a "possible link" between AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine and the rare formation of blood clots.



Prime Minister Scott Morrison stated that he received several recommendations from the advisory group, and the main one is that people under the age of 50 should be vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine.


"We have taken the necessary precautions based on the best possible medical advice," Morrison said.


The Australian Immunization Advisory Group also recommended that those under the age of 50, who have already received the first dose of AstraZeneca, take the second, as medical advice has indicated that rare blood clots form after the first dose.


Healthcare workers under the age of 50 who were supposed to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine now have the priority to be vaccinated with Pfizer, which will probably delay the immunization.


According to the Australian vaccination strategy, most residents were supposed to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine.


Australia restricted the use of AstraZeneca after the decision of the British authorities not to give the vaccine to children under the age of 30, where possible. Several other countries have imposed restrictions.


The restrictions are being closely monitored, as AstraZeneca is cheaper and easier to store than most others, and is crucial for global immunization as it forms the basis of UN-backed Covax programs to make vaccines available to even the poorest countries.


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