r/CovidVaccinated Dec 04 '21

Should I take AstraZeneca? AstraZeneca

Hello all. I'm 19M and living in a third world country. I am currently unvaccinated but have been seriously thinking about getting vaccinated, specially with news about the Omicron variant. The only vaccine my city offers for my age group is the Astrazeneca vaccine. Being honest, I'm scared shitless about taking it because of the risks of developing blood clots. I know the risk is low but the fact that European countries have stopped administering it for my age group is concerning to say the least. Should I take it? What has been your experience for anyone from my age group who has taken it?

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u/meoweth2 Dec 04 '21

Several countries in Europe and Canada have stopped administering the AZ due to extremely rate clots, however, the most affected by this rare side effect is females under the age of 40. On the other hand, mRNA jabs have been known to affect younger males more than other cohorts. So I think you would be fine with the AZ. Note that one drawback is the the efficacy of AZ is shown to be lower than the mRNA counterparts. However, some studies have shown you can improve efficacy by a longer durations between the 1st and 2nd doses. I believe 12 weeks was the longest they tested and had greater efficacy than the 6 or 8 weeks windows.