The Australian Technical Advisory Group on
Immunisation (ATAGI) recommends Pfizer as the preferred vaccine for
Australians under the age of 60, with states and territories now allowing people aged between 40 and 59 to book appointments to get the
ATAGI recommends AstraZeneca as the preferred
vaccine for Australians over the age of 60, due to the risk of very rare blood clotting disorders linked to the vaccine in younger people.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison says the advice does not preclude persons under 60 from getting the AstraZeneca vaccine. On Monday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced anyone under the age of 40 could now approach their GP and request the AstraZeneca vaccine.