Under 30s to be offered alternative to AstraZeneca vaccine

People under the age of 30 are offered a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine due to the rare risk of blood clots in the AstraZeneca sting.

A review by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) Safety Committee on Wednesday concluded that “unusual blood clots with low platelets should be listed as a very rare side effect” of the Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine.

Emer Cooke, Executive Director of EMA, said in his review, “The benefits of the AstraZeneca vaccine in preventing Covid-19 overall outweigh the risk of side effects.” 19. ”

In the UK, the Medicines and Health Products Regulator (MHRA) stated that the vaccine still offers tremendous benefits in preventing Covid-19 and serious diseases.

As of March 31, the MHRA had received 79 reports of low platelet count blood clots, all in people who had received their first dose of vaccine.

Of these 79, a total of 19 people died, although the cause was not established in every case.

The 79 cases occurred in 51 women and 28 men aged 18 to 79 years.

The MHRA announced that three of the 19 deceased were younger than 30 years old.

About 14 of the 19 cases were cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST), a type of clot that prevents blood from draining from the brain.

The other five cases were thrombosis.

The MHRA has concluded that the balance of risk for the vaccine is “very beneficial for the elderly” but more finely balanced for younger groups.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the government considered the Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine “safe” and told reporters on a visit to Cornwall, “But the bottom line for everyone is to listen to what the scientists say, the medical experts say later today.”

He added on the vaccination program, “You can really start to see some of the benefits of this – it’s pretty clear that the drop in deaths, the drop in hospital stays is fueled, the steepness of that drop is being fueled by supported the introduction of vaccines. Therefore, it is very important for everyone that you continue to receive your second push when asked to report for your turn. “

In the UK, more than 20 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine have now been administered, saving an estimated 6,000 lives.

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