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‘Join the AZ club’: the under 40s influencing their friends to get the jab

Some young adults have taken it upon themselves to try and convince friends and family in group chats to get AstraZeneca, rather than wait for Pfizer.

24/07/2021 4:22:00 PM

Elise Holland was one of the first to roll up her sleeve and get the jab when access to the AstraZeneca vaccine was recently opened up to under 40s | covid COVID19 coronavirus AZ vaccinerollout

Some young adults have taken it upon themselves to try and convince friends and family in group chats to get AstraZeneca, rather than wait for Pfizer.

AdvertisementElise Holland was one of the first to roll up her sleeve and get the jab when access to the AstraZeneca vaccine was recently opened up to under 40s.“I rang my GP straight away,” the 35-year-old said. “As soon as possible, I wanted to get it.”

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Elise Holland, 35, has had the AstraZeneca vaccine and is encouraging her friends to do so, too.Credit:Wayne TaylorSince then, Ms Holland has taken it upon herself to try and convince her young friends and family to get vaccinated against COVID-19 now, rather than wait for Pfizer.

More than 75,000 Australians aged under 40 have been vaccinated with AstraZeneca since June 28 after Prime Minister Scott Morrison waived liability for GPs who administer it.Pfizer has been the recommended vaccine for people under 60 due to the extremely rare chance of blood clots for people who get AstraZeneca. headtopics.com

On Saturday, the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation updated its advice to say that everyone in greater Sydney aged over 18 should strongly consider getting any vaccine, including AstraZeneca, due to the growing number of cases.With some GPs declining to vaccinate under 40s with AstraZeneca, some people have also been posting on social media about which clinics are happy to do so, including

.For Ms Holland’s social circle, word-of-mouth has proven to be as influential as any marketing campaign.“I convinced my sister to get it, she lives up in Sydney where the situation is much worse,” Ms Holland said. “I chatted to her and she got her first dose on Thursday, she’s 37.”

AdvertisementElise’s group chat.Group message chats have been a particularly helpful way of engaging with friends about getting the vaccine, she said.“I’ve spoken to people in a lot of group chats and recommended to other people to speak to their doctors,” the Fitzroy tech researcher said.

“I’ve had at least half a dozen friends who have gone and got it after chatting with me. I’m just like ‘come and join the AZ club’.”“I think when people know someone who got the vaccine, they feel more confident to get it as well,” she said. “It definitely has a lot of power.” headtopics.com

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Student James Browning, 19, from the Sutherland Shire in Sydney said he decided to get the AstraZeneca vaccine after calculating the odds of how often people get blood clots.The estimated risk of people under 50 developing thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome is 3.1 per 100,000 doses.

Initially, Mr Browning’s GP advised him not to get AstraZeneca, however that changed when the latest COVID-19 outbreak worsened in Sydney. He got vaccinated last week.James Browning, 19, from Sydney, is one of an increasing number of under 40s deciding to get the AstraZeneca vaccine, and convincing friends along the way.

Credit:Peter RaeAfter getting the jab, Mr Browning shared his experience with friends his age over phone calls and at online poker nights.“They knew that I’d gotten it and they had a few questions,” he said.“A lot of them were like me, they were hesitant because they’ve seen all the stuff in the media. And through their conversation with me, I think having a mate who did it, it broke the ice a little bit. They saw that I was fine and didn’t die.”

Those conversations have led to four of Mr Browning’s young friends getting the AstraZeneca vaccine.“Initially, I was a bit passive, I didn’t really tell anyone about it,” he said. “But then I started making an effort, saying ‘I think you guys should’.” headtopics.com

Part of the reason for his friendship group getting vaccinated was wanting life to return to what it was before the pandemic.“For my mates, at least, we all just want to get back to uni. And we just want to move on with our lives,” he said.Vaccine expert Professor Julie Leask from the University of Sydney school of nursing and midwifery said those influencing others to get vaccinated needed to use persuasion, not coercion.

Vaccine expert Professor Julie Leask says gentle, respectful persuasion works best.Credit:It was important not to make people who were worried about the risk of AstraZeneca feel shunned, she said.“You don’t have to whack people over the head with a sledgehammer about getting vaccinated,” she said. “There’s an art to gentle and respectful persuasion.”

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Professor Leask said social media could be a powerful tool, particularly visual platforms like Instagram, because the messages come from people we trust.“Seeing people in your network having the vaccine tells you that this is something that those you trust and respect are doing,” she said.

“It’s almost like a subconscious effect, you don’t even realise it’s affecting us.” Read more: The Age »

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Another unhealthy human need protection from the common cold? Just another Bedwetter and she'll be the first to make headlines if she gets a blood clot and dies.

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