Blood clots can be beaten … it’s Covid you need to get the vaccine for, says health expert


eaths from very rare blood clots linked to the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab can be avoided if treated “promptly and correctly”, a vaccines expert told the Evening Standard today.

“There is effective treatment for this condition,” said Professor Finn, a member of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation and head of the Bristol Children’s Vaccine Centre.

“If it is provided promptly and correctly, we would expect to be able to avoid these deaths which have been occurring.”

He added: “Correct treatment should make a big difference and let’s be hopeful that we could prevent them entirely, but if not entirely then mostly.”

They are a new onset of severe or persistent headache, blurred vision, confusion or seizures, shortness of breath, chest pain, leg swelling, persistent abdominal pain, unusual skin bruising or pinpoint round spots beyond the injection site.

In a round of media interviews this morning, Matt Hancock sought to maintain public confidence in the AstraZeneca vaccine after regulators pointed to a one in a million chance of dying from a rare blood clot.

The Health Secretary urged on Sky News: “When you get the call, get the jab.”

He added that the risk of experiencing a brain clot linked to the vaccine, but not yet confirmed, was around the same as getting a clot from “taking a long-haul flight”.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination (JCVI) recommended using a different vaccine for the under-thirties, though the UK and EU medicine regulators said it could still be used for this younger age group.



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