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There are currently more than half a million Australians in this age bracket who haven't had a single shot of the vaccine.
“The AMA's advice to all Australians is do not wait. Go and get yourself vaccinated. We do need to prioritise the Pfizer vaccine for those younger groups,” Dr Omar Khorshid, president of the Australian Medical Association said.
“The simple message for everyone over 60 is just to go and get vaccinated...The AZ vaccine is extremely safe. It is extremely effective, and it may end up being the better of the two vaccines in terms of protecting you from COVID in the long term.”
The AMA’s Vice-President Dr Chris Moy was much more blunt.
“Don’t die waiting,” he warned.
Federal government to letterbox over 60s
It comes after Prime Minister Scott Morrison wrote a letter to Australians over 60, urging them to get AstraZeneca as soon as possible.
The letter, co-signed by health minister Greg Hunt and Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly, will be sent out next week to hundreds of thousands of Australians between 60-69 who are unvaccinated.
"The expert health advice is very clear, people over 60 have a greatly increased risk of getting severe disease with COVID-19 and must be vaccinated as soon as possible," the letter reads.
"The recent outbreaks of the new, more infectious strains of the COVID-19 virus, with some tragic deaths in Sydney, make it even more important that Australians over 60 get vaccinated now."
Man, 60, denied Pfizer at vaccine clinic
A 60-year-old man has accused the federal government of being ‘ageist’ after he was turned away from getting the Pfizer shot.
Jeff told Yahoo News he's been holding out for the Pfizer vaccine because he believes the technology is better adapted for future variants.
He pointed to comments from Mr Hunt in May, who had told over 50s who were uncertain about AstraZeneca there will be more doses of Pfizer and Moderna available in the year.
“I feel if there is a choice you should be free to make that choice, and not be bound by your age,” he said.
The business owner, who works in a Covid hotspot, managed to book an appointment for his first shot at Helensburgh Respiratory Clinic but staff flatly refused to give him the jab when he turned up last weekend.
They told him his only option was to go elsewhere for AstraZeneca, as it wasn't currently available at this particular clinic.
“I just couldn’t believe it.”
He said the experience left him with a mixture of disbelief and anger.
“I find the whole thing very ageist.”
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