Australia has been setting up mass vaccine hubs (one so far in Sydney and thus in NSW but more in Victoria).
Today the QLD government said they won't set up such a hub and allow the AZ vaccine in them so in the hubs people will have to wait until later this year to get pfizer in the large hubs. GPs will still give AZ but with this news I suspect even more Aussies, especially QLDers will be hesitant about AZ. Pfizer won't be able to get any more jabs to us probably until October.
Every time there is a hospitalisation for a blood clot it is headline news and there were 6 yesterday. This is like the deaths last year where there were, relative to the rest of the world, so few that they each warranted their life story being written up in the press (not just locally but nationally). That didn't happen with the outbreak in Victoria but for the rest of the nation that is what happens.
Australia has had one death from covid in 2021 but one death linked directly to AZ as well.
That's really interesting. I think the blood clot risk didn't make headline news in the UK because our daily death rates were horrific at some points so that was the focus of national attention and that the risk of blood clots remains very low (especially compared to say using some brands of oral contraceptive). The advice in the UK is that under 40s get Pfizer (The group where the risk of getting covid to an intensive care degree is much lowers the blood clot risk is given more weighting) whereas over 40s got either Pfizer or AstraZenica (the risk of Covid significantly outweighing any clotting risks). Astra Zenica also enabled mass vaccinations to occur in non medical settings as the storage issues were easier.
Either way, considering the year Britain has had, it feels incredible to have such a speedy, successful and popular vaccine roll out. The biggest challenge at the moment is 20 somethings wanting their vaccine and not yet getting their call ups, as the NHS is currently working through us 30somethings.
It does mean that Britain can look at opening up for trade, travel, Future Crayons need for mini breaks, etc soon, which will be much much harder for countries with lower vaccination rates.