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Victoria pauses AstraZeneca vaccine rollout to people under 50

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The Victorian government is pausing its rollout of the AstraZeneca vaccine to people under 50 for at least another two weeks, amid concerns about potential blood clotting.

Victoria is asking the federal government to only send shipments of the AstraZeneca vaccine to GPs, so that more older people can get the jab.

Victoria’s Acting Premier, James Merlino, said the pause would allow for new training for staff to discuss the risks of the vaccine, and for indemnity issues to be resolved after reports some doctors were reluctant to offer the AstraZeneca vaccine to under 50s because of legal concerns.

“The implications of the advice we received from ATAGI (the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation) last week are quite…



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