Australia: AstraZeneca vaccine access expanded by Victorian government
Wednesday, August 11, 2021
In a press release, the's office called the AstraZeneca vaccine "safe and effective", writing the (ATAGI) has advised "two doses of Astra Zeneca reduces the risk of symptomatic infection by at least 67 per cent and the risk of hospitalisation by 92 per cent."
It went on to specify "people choosing to provide informed consent will be required to sign a document showing they are aware of the extremely rare but serious risks associated with the AstraZeneca vaccine, including the risk of(TTS)."
State Premier Daniel Andrews has said, "given the current outbreak [of Covid-19] in Victoria, and recent advice from ATAGI, we're expanding access to the vaccines we have available so Victorians can get vaccinated to protect themselves, their loved ones and their community," adding, "vaccination is our only way out of this pandemic".
Shadow Health Ministerof the told Wikinews via email, "AstraZeneca has been used around the world to assist with mass vaccination programs. Fortunately for Australia it is manufactured here, is available, and can be used for under 40's with doctors guidance. Victoria is in its sixth lockdown. Rolling lockdowns like this are unsustainable and that's why we need AstraZeneca to be utilised that will assist with the vaccination targets set by Governments."
The expanded access to the AstraZeneca vaccine is to apply at nine vaccination centres – the, , , , the in , 's Plenty Ranges Arts and Convention Centre, the former Ford factory in , District Health, and District Hospital. The AstraZeneca vaccine is to remain available at "participating GPs, respiratory clinics and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations".
A total of seven deaths in Australia have been linked to the AstraZeneca vaccine by the New South Wales woman who died of TTS on Wednesday after receiving her first dose of the jab., most recently a 34-year old
- "Meet Georgie" — , August 9, 2021 (date of access)
- "Victoria Expands Access To Astra Zeneca At State Centres" — , August 8, 2021
- Stephanie Dalzell. "NSW woman, 34, becomes Australia's seventh AstraZeneca-related death" — , August 5, 2021