UPDATE on Astra Zeneca (AZA) Vaccine
There has been a lot of publicity on the risk of blood clots with this vaccine. For more information - click on this link : ATAGI Statement
The summary is
COVID-19 Vaccine information update
- At the current time, use of Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer) is preferred over AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in adults aged < 50 years who have not already received a first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine. This is based both on the increased risk of complications from COVID-19 with increasing age (and thus increased benefit of vaccination), and the potentially lower, but not zero, risk of TTS with increasing age.
- COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca can be used in adults aged under 50 years where the benefits are likely to outweigh the risks for that individual and the person has made an informed decision based on an understanding of the risks and benefits.
- People who have had their first dose of COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca without any serious adverse effects can be given their second dose. This includes adults under 50 years of age. People who have had blood clots associated with low platelet levels after their first dose of COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca should not be given their second dose.
The practice is only allocated 50 vaccines per week and we have hundreds of patients who are eligible in the 1B stage of the program. We have allocated our supplies and our vaccine clinic's are now on hold until further notice. I will update you again soon.
The Mt Druitt Medical Centre will be providing Covid-19 Vaccinations clinics.
The Covid -19 vaccine program will be ongoing for many months and we are currently in the 1B stage.
You must be eligible for this stage of the vaccination rollout.
This stage is for
- People over the age of 70
- People who have specified underlying medical conditions
- Healthcare workers who are currently employed (evidence of employment is required)
- Household contacts of quarantine and border workers (evidence of employment is required)
- Critical and high risk workers currently employed (evidence of employment is required)
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 55 years and over.
It will take us some time to get all eligible patients vaccinated.
You must be eligible to receive this stage of the vaccine rollout. Please check if you are eligible by clicking on the below link.
Please use this link to check your eligibility. https://covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/eligibility.
We will update this information on a regular basis. Thank you.