Some GPs 'uncomfortable' giving AstraZeneca vax to under 40s

Changing advice and fear of being responsible for a rare side effect are behind doctors' reluctance to give younger patients the vaccine, says AMA vice president Dr Chris Moy.

Patients in their 30s and 40s have expressed frustration at having to ‘doctor-shop’ to access the AstraZeneca vaccine, but the AMA's vice president says not all GPs “feel comfortable” prescribing it to younger people.

Dr Chris Moy

On 24 July, ATAGI recommended anyone over 18 in Greater Sydney “strongly consider” getting the first available vaccine,