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From tomorrow, June 12, those over 60 who have already been vaccinated with the first dose with AstraZeneca will also receive the second dose with AstraZeneca. This was announced in the evening by a note from the Lombardy Region, following the press conference in which the Technical-Scientific Committee he recommended the use of the Anglo-Swedish vaccine only for people 60 years of age or older for the first dose.
On the other hand, the situation is different for those under 60 who have already been vaccinated with the first dose with AstraZeneca: for these people the second dose of vaccination will be “heterologous”, that is, with a different vaccine. Region specifies that only Pfizer is already used for children aged 12 to 17, for those between 18 and 49 years old Pfizer or Moderna is used, for 50-59 year olds Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson, for over 60s AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson, and for the fragile Pfizer or Moderna.
“All vaccines – concludes the note – are validated by Ema and Aifa and are safe”. The AstraZeneca vaccine was also several times defined safe and effective by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the Italian Medicines Agency (AIFA), even after the emergence of some rare cases of thrombosis, specifying that the minimum risks involved in vaccination are in any case much lower than those of COVID-19. From the moment in which the minimum risk factor was registered among the youngest, each region had decided whether to reserve it only for the elderly or to administer it also to young people, following the indications of the Ministry of Health.
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