Tens of thousands of Australians in the lurch as AstraZeneca Covid vaccine advice changes

Doctors say their phones have been ‘running hot’ and some states bar anyone under 50 getting the AstraZeneca jab

States and territories have been left scrambling to respond to government advice recommending against vaccinating anyone under 50 with the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, leaving tens of thousands of people in the lurch.

On Friday, New South Wales halted its AstraZeneca rollout entirely for several hours while patient consent forms with the latest information about the rare risk of severe clotting associated with the vaccine were added. The state’s rollout for people aged 50 and over has since resumed.

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