The Australian Government has received updated advice from the expert vaccine body, the Australian Technical Advisory Group (ATAGI).
This advice now recommends the Pfizer vaccine be preferred for adults aged 59 and under.
Eastbrooke has immediately moved to adopt these new guidelines for our vaccination program.
Is the AstraZeneca vaccine safe?
Yes. The individual benefit-to-risk balance of vaccination with the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine varies with age. This balance is based on factors including the increased risk of complications from COVID-19 with increasing age and the potential lower risk of this very rare, but serious, adverse event with increasing age. ATAGI has recommended the AstraZeneca vaccine remains safe to be given to people aged 60 years and over.
I have had my first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, what do I do now?
If you have had your first vaccine dose without this side effect or other serious adverse effects, you should receive your second dose as planned.
What if I am worried about side effects?
If you have recently had your first vaccine dose and are experiencing any side effects that you are worried about, please book an appointment to see your doctor.
I’m booked in for my first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, what do I do?
If you are an adult aged under 60 years, you should only receive the first dose of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine where the benefit of receiving the vaccine clearly outweighs the risk in your individual circumstance. You may wish to discuss your individual benefit-to-risk balance with your doctor.
Further details/information can be accessed at the below link:
At this stage Eastbrooke does not have the Pfizer vaccine. Information about how to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is available here.
Anyone concerned about the vaccination and its effect on underlying health conditions should consult with their GP.