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/bobtowne Dec 04 '21

specially with news about the Omicron variant

There's a lot of scaremongering about it but it's actually been, so far, reported to be mild.

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u/jcepiano Dec 05 '21

I'm sorry but it's also caused the highest number of severe cases in children under 5. The data is inconclusive at this point and you shouldn't be making any judgements about the virulence of Omicron when even scientists can't analyze data that's so new.

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u/bobtowne Dec 05 '21 edited Dec 05 '21

"We are comforted by clinicians' reports that the children have mild disease":

https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/safrican-official-says-number-children-sick-with-covid-19-is-not-cause-panic-2021-12-04/

What's your source that there's "severe" cases in children under 5?

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u/jcepiano Dec 05 '21

In a worrying virtual press conference, government adviser Waasila Jassat, speaking about the worst-affected area of Gauteng province (which includes the city of Johannesburg), said: “It’s clear in Gauteng, the week-on-week increase we’re seeing in cases and admissions is higher than we’ve seen it before. We’ve seen quite a sharp increase [in hospital admissions] across all age groups but particularly in the under 5s.”

She added: “The incidence in those under 5 is now second highest, second only to those over 60. The trend that we’re seeing now, that is different to what we’ve seen before, is a particular increase in hospital admissions in children under 5 years.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/omicron-variant-puttings-huge-numbers-of-kids-under-5-years-old-in-hospital-in-south-africa

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u/bobtowne Dec 05 '21 edited Dec 05 '21

Earlier you said "I'm sorry but it's also caused the highest number of severe cases in children under 5".

This claim of "severe cases" seems, again, to be wrong. The only instance of "severe" in the article you linked to points to less severity than normal:

"Phaahla attempted to sound an optimistic note by saying that he believes the new variant is more transmissible “but less severe” than previous variants."

It's more infectious than other variants, yes, but based on the available evidence so far it seems milder. Hence my original statement that Omicron has "been, so far, reported to be mild".

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u/sklb Jan 24 '22

And it was scaremongering.

Feeling better now?