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AstraZeneca, space movie or COVID jab?

Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly stated during a press conference today that the government's expert group on vaccines decided that based on scientific evidence, there was no current reason to stop the use of the AstraZeneca in Australia's rollout.

European countries including Denmark, Norway and Austria, France and Germany have joined nations suspending the use of the vaccine until an inquiry into a link to blood clotting is completed.

In the United Kingdom, 11 million people have received the AstraZeneca vaccine with no increased incidences of blood clots, the Chief Medical Officer reported.

Today, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation described the AstraZeneca vaccine as 'the cornerstone of Australia's vaccination plan.' While frontline health workers and hotel quarantine staff in Australia have and are likely to receive the Pfizer vaccine, the majority of Australians will receive AstraZeneca.

While commentary and debate began online as to the risks posed by the vaccine, a fascinating alternate discourse emerged, that the AstraZeneca vaccine had a lower risk of blood clotting than the contraceptive pill.

As of March 10, there have been 30 thromboembolic events, such as blood clots, reported from five million people given the AstraZeneca COVID vaccine. Contrastingly, 1 in 1,000 women per year who are taking birth control pills will develop a blood clot.

Note: The Conversation reported on March 16th that, 'so far, data from the phase 3 clinical trials and real-world rollouts suggest blood clots and other “thromboembolic” events occur no more frequently in people vaccinated with the AstraZeneca shot than they do in the general population. Thromboembolic events include blood clots, pulmonary embolisms and deep vein thrombosis.'

An incredibly underfunded and taboo area of the health industry is the short and long-term impacts of the contraceptive pill. While many will argue that it is an 'inappropriate' time to discuss contraception, is it not the perfect way to demonstrate the lack of value placed on the wellbeing, both physical and mental, of people who menstruate?

Commentary is emerging on the disturbing impacts of the contraceptive pill, and this should be applauded.

However, blood clots are one of the rarer side effects of the contraceptive pill.

"A considerable amount of statistical evidence suggests the side effects of Diane-35 are pretty brutal, with users reporting anxiety, depression and other mood disorders, headaches, weight gain, breast pain, increasingly painful periods, skin discolouration, and more.
Diane-35 has never been approved for use in the United States, despite the fact that the FDA has signed off on arsenic in food products, antibiotics in animal feed for growth promotion, Olestra, synthetic hormones, Diphenylamine, an artificial colouring that was banned in cosmetics, and sulfites on fresh produce. Diane-35 was also banned in France for a time, after it confirmed four deaths in 25 years were linked to the drug. "
- Kristin Perissinotto

read Kristin's piece on the impacts of the pill on libido, here.

If you are experiencing side effects from your pill that are concerning, please see a medical professional.