Under-40s to be offered alternative to AstraZeneca jab

Daniel Fowler
May 8, 2021

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.

"Because prevalence of Covid is low and given the strength of the programme, that means we're in a position to act with an abundance of caution and offer a different vaccine to the younger groups", the source said.

It added, "Due to this recent positive development, the ministry will be winding down this stage of vaccine administration for first doses".

Up to April 28, Britain's medicines regulator had received 242 reports of blood clots accompanied by low platelet count - a condition known as vaccine-induced thrombotic thrombocytopenia (VITT) - in people who had received the AstraZeneca vaccine, out of 28.5 million doses given.

People in their thirties who have had a first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine should receive a second, says Wales' deputy chief medical officer.

European and United Kingdom medicine regulators have said the vaccine is safe and effective, and that its benefits far outweigh any side effect risks, but several other countries have recommended using it only in certain age groups.

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Trudeau says Ottawa has been in talks with Ontario but stressed that such leave should be delivered directly through employers. That same day, however, Ontario's finance minister wrote Ottawa to ask for their co-operation to top up the federal measure.

Covid will be treatable like flu by next year and this year's autumn vaccine booster drive for over-50s may be the start of annual jab programme, No10's vaccine minister said today.

Razak said all the vaccines approved in Canada, including AstraZeneca, are good vaccines to take.

His comments came after Professor Neil Ferguson, the SAGE adviser whose warning that hundreds of thousands could die if Britain didn't go into lockdown in March 2020, said Britain might never need another Covid lockdown and looks set for a "steady course out of the pandemic" thanks to the vaccine roll-out.

To cut the risk of this happening the Government will, in autumn, offer a third jab to everyone over the age of 50 or in a clinically vulnerable group. The current jabs are modelled on the Wuhan variant which is no longer dominant.

The COVAX vaccine supply situation is likely to improve significantly in the second half of 2021 as more vaccines are likely to be secured by the World Health Organization and EUA, including Chinese vaccines, he said, adding that COVAX has assured Pakistan of providing at least 100,000 doses of mRNA vaccines of Pfizer BioNtech by June this year. "It is the first shipment of Covid-19 vaccine being supplied through COVAX to Pakistan from a non-Indian source", an official of the National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination (NHS, R&C) told The News on Wednesday. The project will be co-ordinated from its Porton Down lab in Wiltshire.

The risk of the vaccine is a one-off thing.

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