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