Covid: people under 40 in UK to get alternative to AstraZeneca jab

People under 40 will be offered an alternative to the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine where possible and while infection rates remain low, following a recommendation from government advisers.

The move comes after the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation reviewed the speed and uptake of Covid vaccines in the UK and the latest figures on very rare blood clots after first shots of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.

With the vaccination programme going well and case rates low, the chances of a major surge in hospitalisations and deaths have receded, leading advisers to believe a more precautionary approach can now be taken in 30 to 39-year-olds by offering the Pfizer/BioNTech or NIH/Moderna shots when available.


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