The Sunday Post (Newcastle)
Ignore the scaremongers and roll up your sleeve for the jab. Science is on your side
There’s been a lot of debate around the potential risks of the AstraZeneca vaccine. Research linked the jab to rare blood clots, and it has been announced all under-30s will to be offered an alternative. After 20 million doses were administered, 79 people developed the condition, and 19 patients ultimately lost their lives.
While it’s terrible to think anyone has died as a result of vaccination, there are complications to every medicine we take and the risk really is very, very low. Scientists believe there is only a four in one million chance of developing a clot, which is far lower than, for example, those taking the contraceptive pill (500 per million) or even getting deep vein thrombosis after a long-haul flight (1,000 per million). I had the AstraZeneca vaccine, with zero side effects, and I have absolutely no concerns about taking my second dose. Our vaccine rollout has been informed by science,
and the programme is progressing so well, it’s believed we will pass the threshold for herd immunity by tomorrow.
So, let’s stop the scaremongering and continue to roll up our sleeves.