Yorkshire news 'The risk is still low' - AstraZeneca patients react to blood clot links MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Regulators have recommended people under 30 are offered alternative vaccines amid concerns about blood clots among people who have had the Oxford AstraZeneca jab
Breaking News ! Under 30s who have already received the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine have spoken out after the jab programme "course correction" for youngsters. The MHRA has recommended people aged 18-29 should be offered alternative vaccinations after links were made between the Oxford jab and rare blood clots among patients. To get the latest email updates from Yorkshire Live, click here . The UK drugs regulator has said 79 people suffered blood clots after receiving the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine. 19 of those have since died. There is currently no evidence the vaccinations have caused the blood clots, but the move has been made as a precaution. Some people who had received the vaccine just hours earlier took to social media after the announcement was made. Jo Fusco, from Leeds, tweeted her reaction after the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine was suspended for people under the age of 30 just hours after she was vaccinated University of Huddersfield student Georgia Smith-Calvert, 22, received her first dose of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine just two weeks ago. "I was kind of excited," she said. "Most people my age haven't had the vaccine unless they've got an underlying health condition, but I recently started a new job with the NHS and I was offered it. "I thought I would go and get it. I might need proof of a vaccine to go on holidays. I thought the sooner the better really." NHS worker Georgia Smith-Calvert, 22, says she will have her second dose of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine if she is offered it (Image: Georgia Smith-Calvert) She suffered side effects a few hours after getting the vaccine - "shivers and feeling weak" - but quickly recovered. However, when stories began to emerge about people developing blood clots, Georgia admitted she became a little concerned. "I feel a bit worried they are talking about blood clots, but I trust what the health professionals are saying. The risk is still incredibly low. The risk of blood clots 0.0004% of all people who have had the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine have developed blood clots 11.
of women who take the contraceptive pill develop blood clots
of people who fly develop deep vein thrombosis (DV), a clotting in the legs
of patients who undergo orthopaedic surgery develop deep vein thrombosis (DV), a clotting in the legs
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"It might be nothing to do with the vaccine. It could just be other health issues. "If I'm offered a second dose of the Oxford vaccine, I will have it. From their point of view [MHRA], they will investigate it but until they say it's definitely not safe, then I'm quite happy." YorkshireLive editor Helen Whitehouse, 25, also recently had her first dose of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine.
YorkshireLive content editor, Helen Whitehouse
After being vaccinated on March 28, Helen suffered "full-blown flu" symptoms for 48 hours. She then began to read stories about the risk of blood clots among patients - but says she will take the second dose if she is offered it. "There are always bumps in the road and the incidents of blood clots are so low," she said. "I was a bit concerned when I felt really ill, but I just did some research and realised it wasn't linked to that [blood clots]. "I will absolutely take the second AstraZeneca dose if I'm offered it. The benefits of having it massively outweigh the perceived risks." Enter your postcode to find your nearest vaccine centre
Despite the decision to pause the Oxford AstraZeneca rollout among under 30s, health professionals have been keen to stress the chances of developing blood clots remains extremely low. Professor Adam Finn, of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), told ITV’s Good Morning Britain: "The contraceptive pill is a medicine that women take not because they are ill but as a choice in terms of how they are living their lives. "The risks of thrombosis that come with taking the pill are very much higher [than the risks of the vaccine]. "Every year, a woman runs a risk approaching one in a hundred of getting some kind of thrombosis and some of those thromboses are severe and even life-threatening as well. "So, that’s a risk that many women take, and accept quite willingly all the time, and it’s a far greater risk in fact than the risk we are seeing with this important vaccine that has the potential to get us all out of this dilemma."
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