Comparing AstraZeneca vaccine blood-clot risk to odds of dying in a car crash unhelpful, experts say

Downplaying the risk with inappropriate comparisons will not build coronavirus vaccine confidence, Australian medical panel saysFollow our live blogAustralian aged care workers relying on spare Covid vaccines and confusing advice, survey findsTrying to downplay the risk of severe but rare clotting that appears to be associated with the AstraZeneca vaccine by comparing it with the clotting risk from taking the contraceptive pill, or to the chances of dying in a car crash, is unhelpful and likely ineffective in building vaccine confidence, an expert medical panel said.Earlier in April the Australian Technical Advisory Group for Immunisation (Atagi) recommended those aged under 50 be offered an alternative to the AstraZeneca vaccine due to a small but potentially increased risk of developing a rare and severe clotting disorder following the vaccine in that age group. Continue reading...

Downplaying the risk with inappropriate comparisons will not build coronavirus vaccine confidence, Australian medical panel says

Trying to downplay the risk of severe but rare clotting that appears to be associated with the AstraZeneca vaccine by comparing it with the clotting risk from taking the contraceptive pill, or to the chances of dying in a car crash, is unhelpful and likely ineffective in building vaccine confidence, an expert medical panel said.

Earlier in April the Australian Technical Advisory Group for Immunisation (Atagi) recommended those aged under 50 be offered an alternative to the AstraZeneca vaccine due to a small but potentially increased risk of developing a rare and severe clotting disorder following the vaccine in that age group.

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