Top 3 with Professor Michael Kidd: Pfizer side effects, Pfizer eligibility, & mental health support

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link=""][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Live captioning provided by Ai-nMedia. &gt;&gt;Hello. My name is Michael Kidd, and the DeputynChief Medical Officer here at the Australian GovernmentnDepartment of Health. Joining me today is my friend Linda,nwho is signing Auslan for viewers who are deaf and hard of hearing.nThank you, Linda. So my shout out today is to everybody involvednin our national COVID-19 vaccination rollout program.nWe have reached a really important milestone today, withnover 20 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines administered tonpeople right across Australia. And I want to say a huge thanksnto everybody who has been involved in this vaccinenprogram, to the many nurses, doctors, many other peopleninvolved in delivering the vaccines, the people who arenmaking sure that the vaccines are being shipped around thencountry, the people driving the trucks, everybody involved innthis very major logistic exercise of getting our nation vaccinatednand protected against COVID-19. Thank you to you all. Our first question today is around what is myocarditis ornpericarditis and is it safe for my teenage children to receiventhe Pfizer vaccine? You may have heard in the media aboutnmyocarditis or pericarditis, this is a very rare side effectnwhich can sometimes occur following people receiving thenPfizer vaccine. Myocarditis is inflammation ofnthe heart muscle, pericarditis is inflammation of the tissuensurrounding the heart. And if you get either of thesenconditions, you may get symptoms of chest pain,nshortness of breath, or palpitations, feeling yournheart racing. If you do get these symptoms itnis very important to seek urgent medical advice.nSo that it can be either confirmed that you have thisnrelated to the vaccine, or it may be due to some othernunderlying medical condition. The good news is that mostncases of myocarditis or pericarditis which have beenndiagnosed around the world following the Pfizer vaccinenare mild and self-limiting. The vast majority of peoplenrecover very quickly from these symptoms with no ill effects.nSo it does reinforce the importance, though, of vaccination. We do see more cases ofnmyocarditis in young men, particularly under the age ofn30. And there have been some casesnamong teenage people around the world as well.nBut what we also know is that this condition can also bencaused by COVID-19. And it is actually far morenlikely that you may get this condition if you are infectednwith COVID-19 than from the vaccine.nSo it reinforces the importance of our vaccine programnprotecting everybody in Australia. So our second question is why isn't the Pfizer vaccinenavailable to everybody in Australia? So as you are nondoubt aware, the Australian Technical Advisory Group onnImmunisation, ATAGI, has provided recommendations to thenAustralian government about the preferred vaccine for people ofndifferent ages. The preferred vaccine fornpeople aged 60 years and above remains the AstraZeneca vaccinenand we have seen very high uptake of people aged 60 andnabove, and in fact we have more than 87 percent of people innAustralia aged over 70 who have received at least a first dosenof a COVID-19 vaccine, usually the AstraZeneca vaccine.nThe Pfizer vaccine is the preferred vaccine for thosenaged between 12 and 59 years of age.nWe have opened up on Monday this week access to the Pfizernvaccine for all young adults between the age of 16 and 39.nIndeed in some states and territories young peoplenalready had access to the Pfizer vaccine.nAnd from 13 September we will be opening up access to thenPfizer vaccine for children aged between 12 and 15 years.nAnd at the moment children aged between 12 and 15 can receiventhe Pfizer vaccine if they are Aboriginal or Torres StraitnIslander children, if they have a chronic health condition thatnputs them at increased risk of COVID-19, if they are anparticipant in the national disability insurance scheme,nthe NDIS, or if they live in remote communities where we arenvaccinating everyone in the community on the same day.nso that is where we sit at the moment with the different groups of peoplenreceiving the vaccines by age group. The most important thing,nthough, please get vaccinated.nPlease join the many millions of Australians who are nownfully protected against serious illness or death from COVID-19.nYour third question today is about people finding thenrestrictions and the lockdowns are having a serious impact onntheir mental health. This is obviously verynconcerning and also it is normal to be feeling down, whennyou find yourself yet again in many cases in lockdown or withnrestrictions on your life and not being able to cross borders,nnot being able to be with loved ones, not being able toncelebrate special events, having your business and yournlivelihood impacted, by the lockdowns which have been innplace. For young people not being able tonattend school, and be with your friends and continue yourneducation. There are many people feelingnnot themselves, at the moment right around Australia.nSo what can you do to boost your own mental health and wellnbeing and that of your loved ones, your family and yournfriends? Firstly it is really important to have a good diet,nto do some exercise every day and to have a good sleepnpattern. And these are all things thatnall of us should be doing all the time.nAnd avoid some of the things which cause problems to ournmental health, things which actually we might try to do toncope but which actually do not help so much, such as smokingntoo much, drinking too much or the use of other drugs.nIt can be really important to reach out to other people,nespecially if you are feeling isolated, as so many people arenwho are living under lockdown conditions at the moment.nReach out to family members, reach out to friends, and talknabout how you are feeling and ask them how they are feelingnas well. Try to do something every daynwhich makes you feel happy, something which means you feelngood. It may be taking a break, goingnoutside, doing some exercise, breathing in the fresh air,nenjoying the spring flowers or the spring weather right acrossnAustralia. It might be reaching out tonthat special person in your life and talking to them asnwell. One of the things which cannactually make you feel better is actually helping someonenelse. So reaching out to anothernperson who you know is isolated and finding out how they arendoing and offering your support, also can also make you feel a little better as well. Some people, though, arenexperiencing significant mental health challenges at this time.nAnd if you find that you are feeling excessively anxious ornif you're feeling depressed, losing interest in normalnactivities in life, having trouble sleeping, losing yournappetite, if this is happening to you, please reach out fornsupport. You can go to the AustraliannGovernment website, Head to Health and we have resources available to support your mental health. You can pick up the phone and ring Beyond Bluenor Lifeline or one of the other online counselling services andntalk to someone on the other end of the phone about how younare feeling. Or if you are feeling particularly depressed or anxious, pleasenreach out to your trusted health professional.nTo your general practitioner or other healthnprofessional, and of course if you're in lockdown, you can donthis using telehealth. Either by telephone or by videoncall with your trusted GP or other healthcare professional.nNone of us need to feel that we are alone during this time.nThis is a time of great disruption in all of our lives. So please, if you are feelingnthat your mental health is being impacted, please reachnout for support. And that is our Top Three forntoday. Thank you, everybody, and thanknyou, Linda. 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Top 3 with Professor Michael Kidd: Pfizer side effects, Pfizer eligibility, &amp; mental health support


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