Government: 'No concerns' about AstraZeneca vaccine

THERE are 'no concerns' over the use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine in Jersey, the government has said.

Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire. (30433351)
Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire. (30433351)

In recent days, several European countries including Germany, France, Denmark, Italy and Spain have halted its use over concerns that it caused blood clots.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has backed the use of the vaccine and said it has seen no evidence that the shot had caused clotting.

And a spokesperson for the government has encouraged Islanders to attend their vaccination appointments as normal.

'The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), who regulate all medicines in the UK, have today stated that they are closely reviewing the reports, but there is no evidence to suggest the vaccine causes blood clots,' they said.

'The European Medicines Regulator and the World Health Organisation have also said that the vaccine is safe. We have no concerns over the use of the vaccine for our roll-out in Jersey.

'We have another busy week of vaccinations planned, and we would strongly encourage all eligible Islanders to attend for their vaccination when it's their turn.'

Meanwhile, the UK's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, appearing on BBC Breakfast this morning, said: 'Different countries have different approaches but I can tell you crystal clear that the UK regulator, the European EU regulator and the WHO all say that the AstraZeneca vaccine is safe and people should continue to take it.'

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