The Australian government has made some changes to the way the COVID-19 vaccine will be rolled out.

Here’s what we understand so far.

What are the changes?

1️⃣ If you’re under 50 years of age and have not yet received the Astra Zeneca vaccine, you will most likely receive the Pfizer vaccine instead.

2️⃣ If you’re under 50 years of age and have received the first dose of the Astra Zeneca vaccine already, you can still receive your second dose of the Astra Zeneca vaccine

3️⃣ If you’re over 50 years of age, the Astra Zeneca vaccine remains the recommended option

Why?

There have been a small number of cases of blood clots around the world. They are rare but serious. They seem to be more common in younger people. They could possibly be linked to the Astra Zeneca vaccine, but we’re not yet sure. The Australian government is taking the above actions to be safe.

What do I need to do?

At this stage, if you are under 50 years of age we suggest you discuss your risks with your GP before you consider having your COVID-19 vaccine.

This is early advice and we will keep you informed once we know more.

Best wishes,

Team Rosedale