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Over 18 and considering the AstraZeneca vaccine? This may help you decide

If you are 18 or older, and in an area where there is a COVID-19 outbreak, the best vaccine for you is the one you can get right now.

ATAGI has changed its stance on vaccination for >18 year olds

Key points

  1. Get whichever vaccine you can
  2. Astra Zeneca and Pfizer reduce severity of disease symptoms, reduce hospitalisations,
  3. Reduce likelihood of death
  4. They might also reduce transmission to some extent
  5. Delta strain is more contagious, is in our community and is now a major risk. It affects young people severely.

Putting clotting statistics in perspective:

Risks of Astra Zeneca vaccine

There are also rare but severe side effects: anaphylaxis (two to five per million people), and thrombosis with thrombocytopenia (TTS).

The only risk factor that has been shown to predict how likely you are to get TTS after an AstraZeneca vaccine is age.

Your  risk of getting a blood clot from TTS is still far less than your risk of dying in a car accident in the next year, and most people still don’t think twice about getting into a car.

Masks remain a key form of disease spread control

USA CDC recommends masks

On Tuesday, July 27, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued updated guidance recommending fully vaccinated people wear masks in public indoor settings to help prevent the spread of the Delta variant and help protect.

Vaccines work

The UK reveals 12.5% of all Delta variant infections, were in those who were fully vaccinated also known as ‘breakthrough infections’.

Of these, 3.8%, required a visit to ED. Just 2.9% required hospital admission, and less than 1% died.


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