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PM pleads with Queenslanders eligible for AstraZeneca to get the ‘totally safe’ vaccine now


Prime Minister Scott Morrison has pleaded with Queenslanders who’re eligible for AstraZeneca to get their vaccine now.

“Queensland – don’t wait for what’s happening in another state to potentially happen in your state,” Mr Morrison urged listeners on 4BC on Thursday.

The Prime Minister insisted AstraZeneca was “totally safe”, highlighting it had been given the “seal of approval” from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).

“The TGA approved it – the same body that approves the immunisation for your children is the same body that approved these immunisation vaccines for you.”

“It’s really important to get vaccinated now,” Mr Morrison insisted.

“Please, Queensland, particularly if you’re in the older population – please go and get that AstraZeneca.”

Ongoing battle has brewed between the PM and Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk over the administration of AstraZeneca.

In June, Ms Palaszczuk pushed again onerous in opposition to the PM’s suggestion that AstraZeneca be made obtainable for these aged below 40.

“I don’t want under 40s to get AstraZeneca. They’re at increased risk of the rare (blood) clotting syndrome,” Palaszczuk’s chief well being officer, Dr Jeannette Young, mentioned.

The Premier fumed that there had been no nationwide cupboard settlement to talk about the determination, lamenting that the advice contradicted the well being recommendation in Queensland.

“I urge Queenslanders to listen to Dr Young and follow the advice of our chief health officer,” Ms Palaszczuk mentioned.

The threat of sustaining a blood clot from AstraZeneca is 3 times greater for below 50s than it’s for over 60s.

But it’s nonetheless very low. For each 100,000 doses of AstraZeneca, an estimated 3.1 circumstances of Thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome happen in these below 50.

While NSW, Victoria and now South Australia are all in the throws of onerous lockdown following outbreaks of the Delta variant, Queensland is fairing comparatively properly.

The state at the moment has 31 lively circumstances and no lockdowns.

Queensland is sitting on par with the remainder of Australia in vaccination charges, with 11.6 per cent of the state now totally vaccinated.

Queenslanders aged 16 and over are at the moment eligible for AstraZeneca. However, these below 60 should converse to their GP about the dangers earlier than deciding on getting the jab.

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