Australian Medical Association Says NSW Covid Lockdown Failed, Urges Change of AstraZeneca Advice | Australia News
Australian Medical Association president Dr Omar Khorshid said lockdown measures were unlikely to contain the Delta outbreak in New South Wales and urged Australia’s Technical Advisory Group on the vaccination (Atagi) to recommend the AstraZeneca vaccine for more age groups.
Currently, the Atagi advisory recommends the Pfizer vaccine, which is rare and in great demand in Australia, “as the preferred vaccine for people aged 16 to under 60” because of the rare but serious risk of clotting known as name of TTS linked to AstraZeneca. and more common in the under 60 age group.
Khorshid said advice needs to be changed given the growing number of infections in NSW, with a worrying number of people still in the community, including in workplaces and supermarkets, albeit infectious . In her daily update on Friday, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said vaccination would now be the key to containing the outbreak and emerging from the lockdown.