RACP urges calm over advice on AstraZeneca vaccine

April 9, 2021

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) says new advice about under 50s and the AstraZeneca vaccine should not stop eligible Australians from securing its protections.

RACP President, Professor John Wilson said Australians should follow the latest health advice.

“It is still far better to be protected from COVID-19 than not. The 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, as advised by the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI),” Prof Wilson said.

It is important to note that those who were given their first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine without serious side effects can be safely administered with their second dose, including those under 50 years of age.

“Australia is in this position today thanks to the hard work of our frontline workers, State and Commonwealth Governments, and the everyday Australians who have been doing the right thing and following the advice of health experts. This is what all Australians should continue to do – follow the advice of the experts.

“It’s fantastic news that the government has now ordered an additional 20 million doses of the alternative Pfizer vaccine and will boost confidence in the broader rollout,” Prof Wilson said.

The RACP is grateful to the Commonwealth Government for continuing to listen to our leading medical experts and encourages every Australian to have confidence in Australia’s vaccination program.

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