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Vaccine chiefs ‘could ban AstraZeneca jab for under-40s’ as new figures show true clot risk is now DOUBLE


THE under-40s could be given a different Covid vaccine after new figures show a doubling in the risk of blood clots, it was reported.

Already people aged 18-29 are being given the option of having a different jab, such as Pfizer or Moderna, after blood clot fears.

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A man being given the AstraZeneca jab in central London

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A man being given the AstraZeneca jab in central LondonCredit: Getty

The chance of dying from a blood clot after having the AZ jab in the UK is about one in one million – after 19 died from around 20million vaccinations.

Medical Healthcare Products and Regulatory Agency (MHRA) data indicates the risk of developing a serious blood clot has also gone up from one in 250,000 to around one in 126,600 in a fortnight.

The joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation is considering whether a further change of policy is needed for older groups, the Telegraph reports.

The JCVI is currently reviewing the new risk data ahead of the rollout of vaccination to the under-40s.

But the several requests, MHRA was not able to say what the new risk level for the under-40s would be.

On April 7, deputy chief medical officer Jonathan Van-Tam presented data, showing that when Covid is low in the community, the risk of developing a blood clot for the under-30s increases.

The risk of blood clots from taking the vaccine remains extremely low

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The risk of blood clots from taking the vaccine remains extremely lowCredit: AFP

MRHA chief executive Dr June Raine, has said the “risk remains extremely small” despite “evidence firming” up of links between jabs and blood clots.

Out of the 79 cases reported in the UK, 51 women and 28 men suffered with clotting issues – all from the first dose.

She said anyone who has already had a first dose of AstraZeneca should still get their second, unless they suffered with clotting issues.

“It is still vitally important that people come forward for their vaccination when invited to do so,” she said.

The MHRA previously stressed the risk was “very small” and the benefits of the vaccines against Covid outweigh any risks”.

It come as the European Medicines Agency has said AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine provides a “significant benefit” in avoiding hospital admission across all age groups.

Overall, the benefits of the jab continue to outweigh the risks of rare blood clots, and benefits increase in older age groups and in areas with higher levels of coronavirus infection, the regulator said.

The EMA said its human medicines committee had analysed available data on the vaccine to put the risk of rare blood clots into context of benefits for different age groups and different rates of infection.

Dr Peter Arlett, the EMA’s head of data analytics and methods task force, said the AstraZeneca vaccine is “highly effective at preventing infection, and therefore hospitalisation and death”.

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