What are people saying about the vaccine?
Professor Calum Semple, a member of the Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies (Sage) advising ministers, said he was “not the least bit concerned” about the headlines surrounding the AstraZeneca vaccine.
In a personal capacity, he told LBC Radio: “I’ll take it myself, I’m 53 years old, my risk of death from Covid is around one in 13,000, for me it’s a no-brainer that I have to have the vaccine.”
“This vaccine is safe. What do I mean by safe? You can look right, look left, look right again, cross a street, it’s safe to cross because you don’t see any cars (but) you can trip, you can trip.
“Nothing is risk-free, but is the vaccine safe? I would say yes. “
But Dr. Maggie Wearmouth, a member of the JCVI, told the Daily Telegraph that “maybe slow things down” with the rollout “until we are absolutely sure” might be wise.
In a personal capacity, she said, “It’s about security and public trust. We don’t want to cover up what we believe the public should know.
“We are not here to blindly pursue goals or deadlines. We will do what it takes.”
Meanwhile, Ravi Gupta, professor of clinical microbiology at the Cambridge Institute of Therapeutic Immunology and Infectious Diseases, urged people to keep their vaccination appointments.
He told Sky News: “I think that’s balanced right now – there is still transmission of Covid and there is a risk for all of us to get infected, especially as the economy opens up and society opens up.” Risk of serious infection.
“So, in the current situation, I would certainly go for this vaccine.”