Update regarding the AstraZeneca vaccine 11th April 2021

You will have seen in the national news that there have been reports of an extremely rare adverse event of blood clots and low platelet count following the first dose of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 Vaccine in a small number of patients.

After consideration by the MHRA and JCVI, amended guidance has been issued. The JVCI now advises that it is preferable for adults under 30 years of age without underlying health conditions are to be offered an alternative vaccine as a precautionary measure.

Our patients will be offered an alternative vaccine (currently proposed to be the Pfizer BioNTech), which should be made available in the next few weeks. If an appointment had already been booked for an AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine, then this has been cancelled.

All other patients, including those under 30 who have already had an AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccination, are unaffected. This means that this amended guidance is only likely to currently affect a small number of patients until we reach the stage where those under 30 years old, as a general cohort, are vaccinated later in the spring/summer.