Canada has banned the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine for those under 55 due to potential side effects including blood clots, particularly for young women, citing evidence from Europe.
AMA President Omar Khorshid told Sky News, “the move from Canada is based on the same reports that we’ve heard over the last couple of weeks of very, very rare complications possibly associated with the vaccine.”
“They’re conditions that we don’t normally see in young women, and therefore very concerning, but at a rate of around one per million.
“Now when you look at the risk and benefit for each individual of having a vaccine a one in a million sounds pretty rare but it does need to be taken into account when you look at how severe the virus is in that younger population as well”.
Mr Khorshid said Australia’s independent regular is looking at data from around the world but there is “no safety concern in Australia”.
“We’ve not actually seen a single case of these very, very rare types of thrombosis reported in Australia as yet.
“We do have a lot of younger healthcare workers and quarantine workers who’ve been vaccinated with both the AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines and so far we’ve seen nothing of concern in terms of thromboses”.