More than 1 million more doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine are coming in, but they will no longer be available through the opt-in programme!
1 Million AstraZeneca Doses Coming, But No More Opt-In!
But not to worry – a million more AstraZeneca vaccine doses are arriving in the next two months – 610,000 doses in June, and 410,000 doses in July!
These vaccine doses are manufactured by the AstraZeneca in Thailand, and therefore, is still subject to NPRA’s approval.
However, the government has decided to stop offering any AstraZeneca opt-in programmes in the future. There will be no longer be an AstraZeneca 3.0 programme, I’m afraid!
Once NPRA approves these Thai-manufactured AstraZeneca vaccine doses, they will be used together with the Pfizer and Sinovac vaccines in the main COVID-19 vaccination programme.
AstraZeneca Vaccine : Is It Safe To Get?
Many people are worried about the risk of getting blood clots from the AstraZeneca vaccine.
The fact is – the risk is incredibly small – certainly much, MUCH smaller than the risk of developing blood clots with COVID-19, which can be as high as 41% in positive patients, and up to 95% in severe COVID-19 cases.
Blood clots can also develop (through different mechanisms) with smoking and the use of oral contraceptive pills (OCP).
We created this table to better demonstrate the risk to you.
severe COVID-19 cases
|Up to 95%||45,238X|
in COVID-19 cases
|Up to 41%||19,524X|
|Dying from COVID-19 Infection||0.25% to
|119X to 4762X|
|Thrombosis from OCP
|Up to 0.46%||219X|
|Thrombosis from Smoking||0.18%||85.7X|
|Thrombosis from OCP
|Up to 0.01%||4.8X|
So, is it safe to get the AstraZeneca vaccine that’s being offered to people age 18 years and above in Malaysia?
We can only tell you that the risk is exceedingly low. At most, 21 out of 1 million people who receive this vaccine will potentially develop this condition.
Based on the risk-benefit analysis performed by the EMA Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP), it is obvious that for a high-incidence country like Malaysia, the benefits far outweigh the risks.
More importantly, that we are aware of this particular side effect, both doctors and vaccine recipients can look out for the symptoms and quickly seek treatment.
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