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UK Recommends That People Under 30 Not Take AstraZeneca Vaccine Amid Blood Clot Concerns

What Happened:

  • On Wednesday, the United Kingdom joined other countries in restricting the use of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine in people under 30, citing concerns over unusual blood clot formations in a small number of cases.

  • Authorities continue to say that the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risks for most people, however, they recommended that people under 30 be offered alternatives to AstraZeneca.

  • The move comes a few weeks after the European Medicines Agency concluded their investigation and determined that the vaccine is safe and effective but that, in very rare cases, there may be a link to two very rare forms of blood clots. German data shows that the likelihood is roughly about 1 in 100,000, which is lower than the blood clot risk women face from birth control pills.

  • The EMA has requested that AstraZeneca update their vaccine labels to warn of these extremely rare potential side effects.

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