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(AUSTRALIA) #Coronavirus Report: All adults in Greater Sydney should “strongly consider” getting vaccinated with any available vaccine, including AstraZeneca, expert vaccines body says #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – July.25: The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) said the new advice was being issued because of the increasing risk of #COVID19 in the city, and emerging data on the severity of the Delta strain.

#CoronavirusNewsDesk – ATAGI urges all adult Sydneysiders to ‘strongly consider’ the AstraZeneca vaccine amid NSW #COVID19 outbreak and the group urged all adults in Greater Sydney to consider the benefits of being vaccinated sooner, rather than waiting for alternative vaccines to be made available saying the benefits of any available vaccine outweighed any risk of rare side effects associated with AZ…

A vial of AstraZeneca vaccine is held up.
ATAGI is urging all adults in Sydney to consider taking any available vaccine, including AstraZeneca.(Reuters: Gareth Fuller)

The New South Wales COVID crisis deepened on Saturday, with a record 163 new infections, as Health Minister Brad Hazzard pleaded for other states to make their Pfizer shots available to combat the Sydney outbreak.

There are currently 139 people in hospital, with 37 of them in intensive care.

For those outside Sydney, ATAGI is still advising that Pfizer is the preferred vaccine for people under the age of 60.

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Michael Kidd said the worsening situation in Sydney had brought on the change.

“The advice from ATAGI is all individuals aged 18 years and above in Greater Sydney, including adults under 60 years of age, should strongly consider getting vaccinated with any available vaccine, including AstraZeneca,” he said.

“This is on the basis of the increasing risk of COVID-19, and ongoing constraints of supply of the Pfizer vaccine.”

Professor Kidd said there was evidence the Delta strain was having a more serious impact on younger people than previous variants.

“It is becoming apparent that the Delta variant may be more severe than the original strain of the virus,” he said.

“The proportion of infected people less than 60 years of age requiring hospitalisation now appears to be higher than what was reported in outbreaks with the original strain.

“So this also reinforces the benefit of protection with either vaccine.”

The updated advice was issued after days of public pressure from Prime Minister Scott Morrison for ATAGI to reconsider its advice on AstraZeneca.

When asked during the week if he was considering appealing to the advisory body on its advice for people in Sydney, Mr Morrison said it was a “constant appeal”

Roughly 40,000 people under 40 have sought out a first dose of AstraZeneca since the federal government amended indemnity rules for GPs last month.

#AceHealthDesk report ……Published: July.25: 2021:

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