Chief Health Officer Dr Andrew Robertson confirms AstraZeneca will only be given to those 50 years and older

Brianna DuganThe West Australian
Chief Health Officer Dr Andrew Robertson has tonight released a statement saying the AstraZeneca vaccine will only be given to those 50 years and older.
Camera IconChief Health Officer Dr Andrew Robertson has tonight released a statement saying the AstraZeneca vaccine will only be given to those 50 years and older.

Chief Health Officer Dr Andrew Robertson has released a statement saying the AstraZeneca vaccine will only be given to those 50 years and older.

The statement comes following a series of recommendations handed down the by the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation, following new evidence of blood-clotting in younger people.

The ATAGI has recommended that the Pfizer vaccine be offered to those under 50, as the preferred vaccine.

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
Camera IconPfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Credit: Esteban Felix/AP

Their second recommendation is that the AstraZeneca vaccine can be used in adults aged under 50, where the benefits are likely to outweigh the risks for that individual.

They also recommend those who received their first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, without any serious adverse effects, can be given the second dose — including those under 50 years.

“The ATAGI advice is that those who have safely received their first AstraZeneca vaccine, will be able to safely receive their second vaccine. You should not cancel your second vaccination booking,” Dr Roberts said.

Dr Roberts has ensured WA that the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out plan will immediately change following the new advice.

People 50 years and younger, who had appointments to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine, have been told not to attend their booking.

WA Chief Health Officer Dr Andrew Robertson.
Camera IconWA Chief Health Officer Dr Andrew Robertson. Credit: Justin Benson-Cooper/The West Australian

“People under 50 who are booked in to receive their AstraZeneca vaccine will have their appointments cancelled. If you have a booking tomorrow or in coming days, please do not show up to your appointment,” Dr Robertson said.

Dr Robert’s statement comes after Prime Minister Scott Morrison addressed the nation earlier this evening, updating Australians on the current vaccine advice.

Mr Morrison said the advice was taken out of “an abundance of caution”.

“It’s a caution that is being exercised consistently with many other countries around the world, and we would expect to see that also continue in other countries now making similar decisions,” he said.

Those with current Pzifer vaccine appointments are still encouraged to attend their booking.

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