There is a lot of chatter about the AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccinations and who should have which vaccine. The Pfizer vaccination is the preferred COVID19 vaccine for younger patients. At present (29/6/2021) this is those under 60 years old.
However, the balance of risks and benefits varies depending on:
1) The amount of COVID19 infection in the community
3) Conditions that you may have that make you more susceptible to catching COVID19 or developing complications (including death) if you do.
4) Whether you have a disability
6) Occupational risk of exposure.
You can check your eligibility using the Government Eligibility checker https://covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/eligibility
If you are choosing to have AstraZeneca COVID19 vaccination these two documents are a MUST READ before you decide or book an appointment.
1) This Document shows how the risk changes as the number of COVID-19 infections change in Australia: https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/covid-19-vaccination-weighing-up-the-potential-benefits-against-risk-of-harm-from-covid-19-vaccine-astrazeneca
2) These are the symptoms to watch out for in relation to clots after AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/patient-information-sheet-on-astrazeneca-covid-19-vaccine-and-thrombosis-with-thrombocytopenia-syndrome-tts
You are able to access the latest Australian Government information on COVID-19 vaccines. There are frequent updates to this is website as the situation evolves.
See our website for up to date information and more links:
We want to help people make informed choices and access vaccination. If you are under 60 years old, and absolutely if you are under 40 years old we will spend extra time talking to you. We ask you make an appointment to speak to a GP before you book or attend a vaccination appointment.