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Oxford AstraZeneca Vaccine Update from Leeds NHS

Added: 18/03/2021

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A message from Phil Wood, Chief Medical Officer  – Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust

The recent news about the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine has raised questions and some concern about what has so far been an incredibly positive and effective vaccine for the UK. This vaccine has enabled the UK to be further ahead in our vaccination programme than any other country in the world, and so far over 20 million people in England have been vaccinated.

The UK regulator, the Medicines Health Regulatory Authority, (MHRA) has said that they are confident the vaccine is safe and has conducted a review of data from over 17 million people, which has shown no evidence of an increased risk of blood clots. And just today, The European Medicines Agency said it was ‘firmly convinced’ that the AstraZeneca shot should continue.

Many other countries, including Canada and Australia, have confirmed they are also continuing to use the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine.

It is very important that people still have their COVID-19 vaccine when asked to do so. This is the only protection available against the serious illness caused by Covid-19, which has sadly led to the death of millions of people around the world, and people will continue to be at risk from the disease if they do not take up the offer of a vaccine.

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