Public concerns related to AZ Vaccine

As you are all aware a number of European countries have suspended their AZ vaccine programme due to reports of blood clots, pending further research. We understand that sites and practices are receiving additional queries relating to this and so the below patient message has been provided by SWL.

As more information becomes available we will share this with you all.

Is it safe to have the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine when some European countries paused its roll out?

It has not been confirmed that the reports of blood clots were caused by the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.

More than 17 million doses of the Covid-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca have now been given across the EU. Fewer than 40 cases of blood clots have been reported as of last week in vaccinated people. This is much lower than the hundreds of cases that would be expected to have occurred naturally in the general population.

People should still go and get their Covid-19 vaccine when invited to do so.

Read the latest Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) guidance – www.gov.uk/government/news/mhra-response-to-irish-authorities-action-to-temporarily-suspend-the-astrazeneca-covid-19-vaccine