Astrazeneca vaccine won’t be rolled out to under-30s over blood clot fears
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Brits under 30-years-old will not receive the Astrazeneca coronavirus vaccine due to fears of rare blood clots.
Instead alternative jabs like the Pfizer or Moderna versions, will be rolled out for those aged between 18 and 29, on the back of clotting cases recorded in Europe.
A trial of the vaccine on youngsters was paused in the UK over health concerns, leading to the decision advised by the European Medical Agency's (EMA) head of vaccines.
It was concluded by the EMA on Wednesday that “unusual blood clots with low blood platelets should be listed as very rare side effects” of the jab, The Sun reports.
The UK's Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) discussed on Wednesday, limiting the recipients of the Astrazeneca vaccine.
MHRA Chief Executive, Dr June Raine said the "risk remains extremely small" even with "evidence firming" up a links between jabs and blood clots.
Some countries in the EU have already stopped using the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine to older groups over the same blood clot concerns.
Out of more than 20 million AstraZeneca jabs issued in the UK before March 31, there have been 79 reports of these rare blood clots with low platelets.
Some but not all of them in the brain – and 19 deaths, The Guardian reports.
The overall numbers prove the vaccine has been safe and effective for millions of people.
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