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NSW suspends AstraZeneca vaccinations for ALL residents

New South Wales has suspended AstraZeneca vaccinations for all age groups over the jabs link to a rare blood clot condition.

Australian health authorities on Thursday night recommended the vaccine not be used for people under 50, but was safe for older recipients.

However, NSW Health said it had ‘temporarily paused’ giving it to anyone until it could update its informed consent information. 

‘Following the new advice from the Commonwealth last night, informed consent information will be updated to provide patients and those administering the AstraZeneca vaccine with the latest information,’ it said. 

A spokesperson said the vaccine would become available again to people aged 50 and over later on Friday.

‘As with all other vaccines, informed consent is required before administering COVID-19 vaccines, ensuring recipients make decisions based on an understanding of the risks and benefits.’ 

Australian authorities switched their recommendation after European regulators reiterated the possibility of links between AstraZeneca’s shot and blood clots. 

More than a dozen countries have at one time suspended use of the vaccine, but most have resumed, with some, including France, the Netherlands and Germany, recommending a minimum age. 

More to come. 

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