AstraZeneca Vaccine: Australians Under 40 Could Get It If They Want
The Delta variant has already spread to five jurisdictions
People under the age of 40 who want the jab will finally be able to get the AstraZeneca vaccine if they want it. Also, aged care workers will need to get at least one dose of the vaccine by the middle of September. After a two-hour-long meeting between the Australian PM Scott Morrison and the chief ministers, and the nation’s premiers, these decisions were made.
Talking after the meeting regarding vaccination, Scott Morrison said, “I can’t stress enough that the major frustration here is the virus. That is the major thing working against Australia.” There is a cause of concern as the contagious Delta variant has already spread to five jurisdictions. Sydney and surrounding areas are now in lockdown. So, the decision to offer AstraZeneca vaccine might be a desperate measure from the government to fix things.
AstraZeneca vaccine update
Highlighting that Australians under 40 are now free to request AstraZeneca vaccine from their GP, Morrison said, “If they are willing to go and speak to their doctor and have access to the AstraZeneca vaccine, they can do so.” He added, “So the answer is yes, they can go and do that.”
In addition to the AstraZeneca vaccine update, the federal cabinet has also made vaccination necessary for aged care workers. The federal government will provide AUD 11 million in grants so that such workers can take time off to get vaccinated and deal with the side effects that come later on.
Some doctors seem unwilling to accept the new process related to the AstraZeneca vaccine. Omar Khorshid, the National President of the Australian Medical Association, said, “Many GPs have said ‘no, that’s not the recommended vaccine, I’m not willing to do that. And one of the reasons they’ve been concerned about that is whether the GP themselves could be in trouble if that individual then got the syndrome. On the other hand, other GPs have said, ‘well, you know, we’ll have the conversation, these are the risks, these are the numbers, if you’d like to go ahead, I’ll do it.’” The Australian government needs to allay such concerns ASAP.
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