Astra Zeneca Vaccine
Further to recent reports of withdrawal of Astra Zeneca vaccine from some countries, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency have issued this statement:
Dr Phil Bryan, MHRA Vaccines Safety Lead said,
“Vaccine safety is of paramount importance and we continually monitor the safety of vaccines to ensure that the benefits outweigh any potential risks.
It has not been confirmed that the report of a blood clot, in Denmark, was caused by the COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca.
The Danish, Norwegian and Icelandic authorities’ action to temporarily suspend use of the vaccine is precautionary whilst they investigate.
Blood clots can occur naturally and are not uncommon. More than 11 million doses of the COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca vaccine have now been administered across the UK.
Reports of blood clots received so far are not greater than the number that would have occurred naturally in the vaccinated population.
The safety of the public will always come first. We are keeping this issue under close review but available evidence does not confirm that the vaccine is the cause.
People should still go and get their COVID-19 vaccine when asked to do so.”
More information can be found by:
We kindly ask that you do not call the Surgery to check if you have a qualifying underlying condition or when you are going to receive an invitation to book your vaccination. For advice on priority groups and the relevant underlying conditions please use this link to an NHS/Government website that explains this.
Another good source is the Green Book, Chapter 14a, which lists the underlying conditions that qualify to be included in Wave 6.
Patients who are receiving invites due to their age group can also book using the national booking system by calling 119 or online at NHS Website: Coronavirus Vaccination. This will give the option to book in to any of the local vaccination centres.