Doncaster doctor speaks out over vaccine concerns
Dr Rupert Suckling, Director of Public Health at Doncaster Council, has issued an update regarding the AstraZeneca vaccine.
The statement comes after several European countries suspended use of the vaccine as a precautionary measure because of concerns about some possible serious side effects.
There have been a number of cases of blood clots developing after the vaccine was administered.
But the World Health Organization (WHO) has urged countries against pausing Covid vaccinations.
It said there was no evidence of a link between the vaccine and blood clots.
Speaking to the BBC, a spokesperson added:
“As soon as WHO has gained a full understanding of these events, the findings and any unlikely changes to current recommendations will be immediately communicated to the public.
“As of today, there is no evidence that the incidents are caused by the vaccine and it is important that vaccination campaigns continue so that we can save lives and stem severe disease from the virus.”
Experts say these were no more than the number of blood-clot incidents typically reported within the general population.
Germany, France, Italy and Spain are among those who have halted the rollout while further checks are made.
“I want to reassure everyone that it has not been confirmed that any reported cases of issues with blood clots have been caused by the AstraZeneca vaccine and there is no evidence to support it.
“Advice from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Authority (MHRA) and the UK Government is that people should still go and get their Covid-19 vaccine when asked to do so.
“All the vaccines being used in the UK have met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness in offering protection against Coronavirus and of the millions of people who have had their first jabs, reports of side effects such as allergic reactions have been very rare.”
Those with existing bookings are advised to keep and attend their appointments and help boost protection against the virus.
The WHO’s vaccine safety experts are meeting on Tuesday to discuss the jab.
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