The UK government’s vaccination advisory body, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Authority, has recommended that healthy adults under the age of 30 be offered an alternative vaccine to AstraZeneca if they are available and do not pose a high risk of Covid, amid concerns over reports of rare blood clots among those vaccinated after vaccination.
In the UK, as of March 31, 79 cases of these rare low platelet blood clots have been reported. Nineteen people have died, although it is not known whether blood clots were the cause of all the deaths. Three of the people were under 30 years old. About 20 million people AstraZeneca doses have been administered in the UK, data showed through March 21.
Some under the age of 30 have already received a coronavirus vaccine, many because of their work in health and social services, or because of underlying health issues.
Two vaccinated share their response to alternatives to the AstraZeneca jab.
‘The are just so few cases of blood clots’
“I received the AstraZeneca vaccine in early February, and today’s news has not changed my view of the vaccine. There are just so few cases of blood clots. I don’t think it would be reasonable to prevent so many millions of people from getting a life-saving vaccine when there is no evidence that this is the cause, and the percentage of people with blood clots is so low compared to the number of vaccinated.
“I think it’s too early to stop the rollout until more research is done to determine if the vaccine is causally linked to the clots. Personally, I feel happy to have my second dose which is due on April 26th.
“I’m worried the news will affect confidence in the vaccine. You can see right away that people are saying it shows that they never should have taken it.
“When the vaccine was first launched, a lot of people I know were hesitant, but because it was going so well, they put their worries aside. Today’s news will change things and put doubts in people’s heads.
Jasmine Morgan, 26, local government worker and vaccination center volunteer, Essex
“Every headache I have, I think, is it the blood clot?”
“I felt sheer regret upon hearing the news and wished I had either waited until more was known about the vaccine or opted for the Pfizer vaccine instead.
“I am a bank employee for a retirement home while I am at university, then when I am at home I work there as a health assistant. My manager contacted me and told me I had to have it, and to be honest, I felt quite obligated to get it. I don’t want to endanger the residents, and I also thought if people at work asked me if I had it and said no, that would be frowned upon.
“Now I feel extremely worried. Every headache I have, I think, is it the blood clot? It’s terrifying. I had Covid in October and it was okay. I would come back over and over again if that meant I didn’t care what this vaccine would do to me.
“I can’t get rid of it, but I can guarantee that I won’t get my second dose.
Yasmine Cotton, 19, health care assistant, otherwise at university, Cumbria
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