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Sydney’s mass vaccination center delivers just 50 doses of AstraZeneca per day

The average Australian will be much more likely to die from Covid-19 than from a blood clot after taking the AstraZeneca vaccine.

According to the government data released on June 28, about two in 100,000 people will develop a blood clot from the jab and only three percent of those affected will die, a death rate of 0.6 in a million.

Meanwhile, the Covid-19 mortality rate in Australia it is 3.9 percent, or 39,000 in a million.

The risk the death rate in a pedestrian accident is eight in a million and the chance of dying in a car accident is 28 in a million, about 17 times the risk of dying from the AstraZeneca shot.

The average Australian is much more likely to die from Covid-19 than from a blood clot after taking the AstraZeneca vaccine

The risks of Covid and vaccines are different for each individual, depending on personal circumstances such as age, location and job. That’s why politicians and health experts are asking people to talk to their GP about taking the vaccine.

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard urged residents to consider taking the AstraZeneca shot after just 50 doses were administered at the Sydney Olympic Park vaccination center on Tuesday, compared to 8,295 Pfizer vaccinations.

He said: ‘I just think we need to step back and say ‘well, right now we’re in the middle of a very serious outbreak here in New South Wales’.

“And we can’t afford the luxury of sitting back and saying, ‘I don’t want to have the vaccine that has actually been taken by almost every country in the world and kept others safe’.”

Doctors have reported that some people over 60 – who are recommended the AstraZeneca vaccine – are choosing to delay their vaccinations so they can get Pfizer instead.

Sydney's main mass vaccination center (pictured) delivered just 50 doses of AstraZeneca on Tuesday, amid reports that cautious residents are waiting for Pfizer

Sydney's main mass vaccination center (pictured) delivered just 50 doses of AstraZeneca on Tuesday, amid reports that cautious residents are waiting for Pfizer

Sydney’s main mass vaccination center (pictured) delivered just 50 doses of AstraZeneca on Tuesday, amid reports that cautious residents are waiting for Pfizer

Mt Druitt GP Kean-Seng Lim told the Sydney Morning Herald he had 3,500 patients waiting for Pfizer, but was only receiving 60 doses per week.

“We see a lot of people over 60 who are very suspicious of AstraZeneca and Pfizer. This is despite the fact that they were able to reduce their risk and get AstraZeneca right now,” he said.

Last month, Dr Jamal Rifi, owner of Belmore Medical Center in western Sydney, told the ABC that patients were refusing to get the AstraZeneca shot.

‘People talk about hesitation or unwillingness, it goes much further than that. It’s a refusal by patients to get the AstraZeneca,” he said.

What are the chances of getting a blood clot?

Number of people who get blood clots after AstraZeneca per 100,000 people:

18-29 years: 1.9

30-39 years: 1.6

40-49 years: 5.0

50-59 years: 2.7

60-69 years: 1.4

70-79 years: 1.8

80+ years: 1.9

Total: 2.3 (0.0023%)

Only three percent of people who get the clots die

Source: Atagic

Mr Hazzard said people were hesitant because of the changing health advice on rare blood clots.

In April, the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (Atagi) said the injection was only recommended for people over 50 because of a low risk of blood clots in younger people.

In June, the agency raised the recommended minimum age to 60, eroding confidence and delaying the rollout by two months as the government pushed to get more Pfizer into the country.

Queensland Chief Health Officer even sparked anti-vaxxers when she begged young people not to take the vaccine, saying: ‘I don’t want an 18-year-old in Queensland to die of a clotting disease which, if they got Covid, would probably go not dead.’

Health experts are urging people over 60 to get their AstraZeneca shots as soon as possible, as Covid-19 is much more risky for them than the possible side effects.

Experts estimate that 6.2 in 100,000 Australians in their 60s will die if they get Covid, but only 1.9 in 100,000 will develop a serious blood clot after taking AstraZeneca.

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison also revealed that he is “constantly appealing” to health experts to recommend the AstraZeneca vaccine to younger Australians, as 14 million Aussies have been locked up over outbreaks in three states.

Anyone over the age of 18 can get the AstraZeneca shot if they sign a consent form and Mr Morrison urged people to do so.

My message to Australians today is please take the vaccines that are now available to you.

‘Discuss them with your doctor. That’s what happened in my family. [My wife] Jenny received her second dose of AstraZeneca last week.

‘Both my mother and my mother-in-law – they both did the same thing. I would say the same to you as I would to my own family.’

Morrison said he wanted Atagi to change his advice to recommend the vaccine for younger people given the recent outbreaks.

“It’s a constant pull. I can assure you. It’s a constant pull,” he said.

“The situation Australia faces must be managed based on risk, as Atagi has told me in the past.

Victorians wait to be called up for their vaccination at a massive coronavirus vaccination center at the Melbourne Showgrounds

Victorians wait to be called up for their vaccination at a massive coronavirus vaccination center at the Melbourne Showgrounds

Victorians wait to be called up for their vaccination at a massive coronavirus vaccination center at the Melbourne Showgrounds

“When they made the decision to ultimately favor people under the age of 60 to get the Pfizer vaccine, they said they made that decision about the risk balance.

“Well, it’s up to them now to constantly reconsider how that risk balance applies and to advise accordingly.”

Mr Morrison said on talkback radio station 4BC on Thursday: “The impact of this advice over time was that people had some hesitation.

‘This is an approved drug from the TGA. And sure, ATAGI made some suggestions, that’s why we say for people under 60 – go talk to your doctor – informed consent.”

Australian Medical Association chairman Omar Khorshid and Labor health spokesman Mark Butler said the prime minister was exerting “unfair pressure” on the scientists.

“I think this is the Prime Minister using the power of his office, as the head of the country, to shift the blame for the horrific failures of the rollout of this vaccine on them, rather than the responsibility itself.” to take,” said Mr. Butler.

On July 11, nearly a month after the NSW outbreak began, Atagi assessed the altered risk of contracting Covid and kept the minimum age recommendation at 60.

The prime minister said that Atagi scientists were among the best in the world and that he has always followed their advice.

He said a record 1 million injections had been delivered in the past week as more Pfizer deliveries came in.

Government experts have created models (above) to show the risk of getting a blood clot from the Astrazeneca vaccine for each age group, compared to the benefits of getting the shot

Government experts have created models (above) to show the risk of getting a blood clot from the Astrazeneca vaccine for each age group, compared to the benefits of getting the shot

Government experts did: modeling (above) to demonstrate the risk of getting a blood clot from the Astrazeneca vaccine for each age group, compared to the benefits of getting the shot

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