COPENHAGEN, May 6 ― A study in Denmark and Norway has found slightly increased rates of vein blood clots among people who have had a first dose of AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine, including clots in the brain, compared with expected rates in the general population.
The joint committee on vaccination and immunisation (JCVI) broadened the age range of people who should be offered alternatives to the Oxford/AstraZeneca to include people aged 30-39.
After a week of competing messages about the usefulness of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, the federal government confirmed today it will continue to procure the product - and that well over a million doses are expected to arrive between now and the end of June.
Henry said that while VITT is rare, it is something officials know to be associated with the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Previously, advice was only for people under 30 to be offered an alternative vaccine.
And one United Kingdom scientist said that for most people the probability of surviving the year is "much greater for people who accept any vaccine when offered than if they decline it".
In the latest weekly figures, Britain's medicine regulator said that the case incidence of the rare clots and low platelet levels was 10.5 per million doses, compared to 9.3 per million last week.
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A majority have had the AstraZeneca shot, though Britain is also using vaccines made by Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech.
The news comes as Northern Ireland's Department of Health report one further death in relation to COVID along with 65 positive cases.
And the benefit isn't just for the person being vaccinated, it's for all the people they protect by having immunity to Covid.
Quach said NACI was only saying that with shorter waits for Moderna or Pfizer, younger people living in regions where COVID-19 infections are low, should look at whether they want to wait a bit longer for a vaccine.
She encouraged anyone who has received AstraZeneca - or any of the available vaccines - and is feeling unwell to call 811 and talk to a healthcare provider.
Henry says the woman went to see her doctor after experiencing symptoms five or six days after getting the vaccine, and the doctor recognized the signs and ordered a test.
Even so, the AstraZeneca vaccine, which is cheaper and easier to store than many others, is critical to global immunization campaigns and is a pillar of the UN-backed program known as COVAX that aims to get vaccines to some of the world's poorest countries.
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