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Australia raises age limit for AstraZeneca vaccine following blood clot reports

The limit for the AstraZeneca vaccine has been increased in Australia from 50 to 60 years old after the vaccine was blamed for being the cause of a 52-year-old woman’s death last week.

The woman died as a result of a blood clot in her brain that is believed to have been linked to the AstraZeneca vaccine.

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Following the decision, to which the Minister for Health Greg Hunt described as conservative and reflected the low risk of catching the virus in Australia, Australians aged 50 to 59 will be receiving the Pfizer jab which is the only other vaccine to be approved in the country.

Anyone who has had their first AstraZeneca jab have been told that it’s safe to have the second dose three months after being administered their first.

Currently, there has only been two deaths in Australia being blamed on blood clots which are believed to have been caused by the AstraZeneca vaccine.

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The first incident occurred back in May when a 48-year-old woman died after being administered the AstraZeneca vaccine which resulted in the vaccine age limit being increased to over 50.

Since AstraZeneca and Pfizer are the only two approved vaccines in Australia, it is hoped that the Moderna vaccine will be approved by the Australian government soon.

The government also hopes to keep to its goal of having a vaccine available to every adult by the end of the year.

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