What do you need to weigh up when working out whether to get the AstraZeneca vaccine? Here’s what the evidence says.
To paraphrase a legendary golfing saying, the harder you work, the luckier you get.
Vaccine confidence is essential if the pandemic is to be brought under control.
Vaccinating a population requires a proactive approach to health promotion and community preparedness.
Weeks do matter when it comes to the Delta strain. With Australia still heavily reliant on the AstraZeneca vaccine, for now it makes sense to reduce the time between the first and second jab.
The messages people under 60 have been getting about the AstraZeneca vaccine this week have been confusing, to say the least. Experts say to consider the risks and benefits. But how do you do this?
A study at the University of Oxford has looked at what happens when people receive one dose of AstraZeneca one dose of Pfizer.
At the moment, the scheme only applies to health practitioners, not patients.
While Pfizer is still the preferred vaccine for under 40s, those who don’t want to wait can now talk to their GP about getting an AstraZeneca shot. But what risks and benefits do you need to weigh up?
With higher rates of vaccination, the current COVID outbreaks may have been more easily managed.
Just like your memory, which improves by repeated viewing or listening with a break in between, our immune memory improves with repeated exposure.
Two doses have always been more protective than one, but the delta variant has made the benefit of a second vaccine much greater.
While it’s potentially promising, there’s not enough information yet to determine if the vaccine is safe and effective.
Our attitudes and behaviours are shaped by what others in society do. So there’s a real danger that vaccine hesitancy, when reported widely in the media, could catch on to more people.
One of this and one of that might be a good strategy to coronavirus vaccination.
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Various companies use different ingredients and different delivery systems in their COVID-19 vaccines. Researchers are investigating whether it’s better for individuals to mix what’s available.
Experts are continually monitoring how well COVID vaccines are working, their side effects, and the amount of disease in the community. These factors can change, and advice will adapt accordingly.
Even if we came up with a definition of what makes the “best” vaccine, we don’t have the luxury of choice, when vaccines are in short supply.
If you have risk factors around blood clots, heart attack or stroke, this should actually be an impetus to get vaccinated sooner rather than later.
Both the AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines still work relatively well against it — though only after the second dose.
Pharmacist Barbara Violo arranges all the empty vials of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine that she has provided to customers at an independent pharmacy in Toronto.
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Hundreds of thousands of Canadians got a shot of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine for their first dose. They now have a choice for their second dose: AstraZeneca again, or Pfizer or Moderna mRNA vaccine?
The infection of a Victorian aged-worker who had received their first COVID vaccine dose isn’t completely surprising. We need two doses for optimal protection.