Covid vaccines: Under-40s in Wales 'should have second AZ jab'

Darnell Taylor
May 8, 2021

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advised that people under 40 should be offered an alternative to AstraZeneca due to a link to rare blood clots.

Everybody who has already had a first dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine should receive a second dose of the same jab, irrespective of age, except for the very small number of people who experienced blood clots with low platelet counts following their first vaccination.

Regulators have said the benefits of the AstraZeneca vaccine continue to "outweigh the risks for the vast majority of adults". "That means that everyone who has received the AstraZeneca vaccine has been protected against COVID-19".

All of these persons will receive their second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine at the appropriate time.

Dr Richardson added that the target of offering a first dose to every adult by the end of July would still be met, despite the changing advice.

Public Health England, soon to become the UK Health Security Agency, will also pump an extra £30million into analysing positive swab samples to track Covid variants and develop new vaccines to fight them if necessary.

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Previously, the MHRA had said the balance of risk for the AstraZeneca vaccine against COVID is very favourable for older people but "more finely balanced" for younger groups, who do not tend to suffer serious coronavirus illness.

Commenting on the findings, Paul Hunter, a professor of medicine at Britain's University of East Anglia, said they added to understanding of the risk of thrombosis after Covid-19 vaccination, but should not alter regulators' conclusions. There were 49 deaths.

Vaccines are the best way out of this pandemic and provide strong protection against COVID-19.

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.

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.

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. Northern Ireland has a population of over 1.8million.

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