Choices of Covid Vaccines to Offer to Britons Under 40

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A choice of Covid vaccines must be extended from under 30 to anyone up to 40, after a recommendation by the government’s advisory body to allow more people to opt out of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which has been linked to rare cases. of blood clots it appeared.

A very small number of people have suffered from blood clots in the veins and brain, in combination with a low level of platelets. Investigations by UK and EU regulators have linked these events to the AstraZeneca vaccine, while in the US, cases have been reported following the Johnson & Johnson jab, which is performed in the same way.

There have been more than 200 cases in the UK according to Dr Sue Pavord, who is part of the hematologist working group monitoring cases in the UK, but it is part of several million doses of the vaccine.

However, those affected tend to be younger people, although relatively few younger adults have yet been vaccinated. “We are finding that this affects quite young ages, so the median age of our cases is actually 49, which is relatively young,” she said at a Royal Society of Medicine event. Thursday.

Pavord said the Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Authority (MHRA), which collects data on side effects of drugs and vaccines, was keeping an eye on developments.

“I think it’s very concerning, this disease in young people who are perhaps less at risk of Covid infection itself and certainly to be hospitalized with it,” she said. “And that’s why I think the MHRA is really monitoring cases, and they’re looking at the incidences of this disease based on age versus the numbers vaccinated and comparing that with the statistical modeling of the Covid-19 infection.” and deaths by age group. . They may well increase the age threshold. “

Informed by data from the MHRA, the expert advisory group, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) appears to have already made the decision to allow not only those under 30, but anyone up to 40-year-old AstraZeneca, according to the Telegraph, which cites political sources. However, choices will only be offered where alternatives are available.

“Because the prevalence of Covid is low and given the strength of the program, this means that we are able to act very cautiously and offer a different vaccine to younger groups,” the source reportedly told newspaper. .

The discovery of cases of blood clots apparently linked to vaccination has caused dismay in Europe, where some countries have suspended the vaccine altogether while others have limited its use to the elderly.

But the European Medicines Agency as well as the MHRA have said the risks of Covid far exceed those of blood clots, especially for older groups.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs reiterated this position.

“More than 50 million vaccines have now been administered, providing millions of people with protection against Covid-19 and saving thousands of lives,” the spokesperson said.

“The position of our independent drug regulator, the MHRA, and the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) continues to be that the benefits of the Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine outweigh the risks to the greater majority of adults. “


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