‘Make your own decision’ Professor tells those who are 30 or 31 on AstraZeneca vaccine

AstraZeneca vaccine: Wei Shen Lim discusses 'decision' on jab

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“Based on the available data and evidence, JCVI has advised that it is preferable for adults aged under 30 with no underlying conditions to be offered an alternative to the AstraZeneca vaccine where available,” said Wei Shen Lim, COVID-19 Chair for JCVI. He recommended those who are just over the age in which the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab will no longer be offered should make their own decision but insisted taking it is the safer option.

Professor Wei Shen Lim said: “Every country has to their own decision regarding what is best for their own population and that takes into account the kind of disease we have in our country, the size of the wave, the risk of a next wave occurring, the amount of vaccines we have.

“Obviously the values of our own people – whether we want to accept the vaccine or not.

“I believe that every country will, in the end, have to make their own decision regarding the risk and benefit.

He added: “For somebody who is 31 or 32 I think they have to make their own decision as to what they want to do about vaccination.

“We would still say that the balance is in favour of being vaccinated because of the risk from Covid-19 and the protection the vaccine offers.”

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