Victoria has not recorded any new local cases of the coronavirus for the 42nd day in a row after the Australian government announced it had accepted expert advice that Pfizer should now be the preferred vaccine of under 50

18,463 test results were returned on Thursday The Department of Health administered 6,057 vaccines on Thursday, bringing the total number of vaccines issued by Victorian authorities to 137,329

The new figures come as Australian medical experts decided, after a lengthy Thursday night meeting, that Pfizer is now the preferred vaccine for people under 50 due to rare but serious side effect of blood clotting linked to AstraZeneca vaccine

The government is currently reviewing Australia’s vaccine portfolio as the entire rollout will require an overhaul, putting the timing of the country’s immunization program into question

Australian Vaccination Technical Advisory Group co-chair Professor Allen Cheng argued for the decision as balancing the risk of potential side effects from inoculation and the benefit of the vaccine reducing the risk of COVID- 19

“While DVTs (deep clots) in general are common and do not appear to increase after vaccination, new evidence suggests this unusual disorder is likely caused by vaccination,” he said on Twitter

“Risk of severe COVID is strongly related to age Risk of death from COVID increases about three times every 10 years A 50-year-old is about 10 times more likely to die from COVID than a 30-year-old

“So the benefits of getting vaccinated (and not getting COVID) are much higher for older people than for younger people. So the benefit of preventing COVID through vaccination is greater with age, and the risk of this bleeding disease eventually decreases with age”

Professor Cheng said health authorities did not impose the 50-year threshold and were careful to make it clear that it was a choice so that patients could still exercise their autonomy over their lives. -vaccine view

“If a younger person has said they are happy to take 1 in 200,000 risk of coagulation for the benefit of earlier protection against COVID, then as long as it was an informed decision , we should respect this choice, ”he told me

Professor Cheng said that while he is not aware of the vaccine procurement discussions taking place at the federal level, there is no doubt that this move will slow the rollout.

“There is no doubt that this decision will slow things down – having a capacity on land to produce vaccines is very valuable,” he said.

“So over the next few days Commonwealth and State governments will determine what the program will look like in the weeks and months to come But because, thankfully, we are not addressing the ongoing COVID outbreaks, we can make this choice to take a safer route”

Department of Health Secretary Brendan Murphy on Friday advocated that anyone over the age of 50 who had the opportunity to be vaccinated

“I still think it’s a wonderful vaccine, it’s a really good vaccine,” Professor Murphy told 3AW, “for those over 50, they shouldn’t hesitate about it”

On Thursday, Victoria’s hotel quarantine program resumed with a total of 70 passengers arriving in Melbourne from Colombo, Singapore, Abu Dhabi, Doha and Dubai

A spokesperson for COVID-19 Quarantine Victoria said 65 people were transported to the InterContinental quarantine hotel and five were taken to a complex care hotel in Element Richmond

On Thursday afternoon, the health department said fragments of the virus responsible for COVID-19 had been detected in sewage samples taken from a sewage basin in southeast Melbourne

People who live in or have visited Clayton, Clayton South, Dingley Village, Glen Waverley, Mount Waverley, Mulgrave, Notting Hill, Springvale, Springvale South and Wheelers Hill with even mild symptoms of COVID-19 are urged to do so. test


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