Dr Sarah McNulty, Knowsley’s Director of Public Health is seeking to reassure the public of the safety of COVID-19 vaccinations after concerns have been raised about the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine in some European countries.
Reports have suggested the vaccine could cause blot clots in patients. However, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) – who have investigated the matter – have found the evidence available does not suggest the vaccine was the cause of blood clots and are urging the public to keep their vaccination appointments.
Dr McNulty said:
“I totally understand that some people will be nervous about getting the vaccine and certainly any suggestion of issues or side effects will be worrying. Blood clots occur naturally and are not uncommon in the population. There is no evidence to suggest we are seeing more of them than we usually would or importantly that there is any available evidence that they are occurring as a result of the vaccine.
I would urge people to remember that all of the vaccines used in the UK have been through extensive clinical trials and met the strictest of safety standards. More than 11 million doses of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine have already been given to people in the UK who have experienced very mild or no side effects at all. That is a huge amount of people who have been perfectly fine after receiving a dose and it is important to remember that.
Any resident with concerns should visit www.gov.uk to read for themselves the findings of the full comments from the MHRA or speak to their GP or healthcare practitioner.
Dr McNulty added:
“The COVID vaccination programme is progressing so well across the world. Without doubt this is the most effective way can all recover from the pandemic and get our community, society and economy back on its feet after such a horrendous 12 months.
Getting vaccinated is the very best way you can contribute to these efforts and to protect yourself from serious illness or death as a result of COVID-19. I would urge everyone to keep their vaccination appointments.”