Reassurance on the use of Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine

People are being encouraged to continue to attend their vaccination appointments and make sure they receive their vital protection. A new statement from the Government has been issued:

“The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine is safe, effective and has already saved thousands of lives.

“As the MHRA – the UK’s independent regulator – and the JCVI have said, the benefits of the vaccine far outweigh the risks for the vast majority of adults.

“Everybody who has already had a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine should receive a second dose of the same brand, irrespective of age, except for the very small number of people who experienced blood clots with low platelet counts from their first vaccination.

“The government will follow today’s updated advice, which sets out that, as a precaution, it is preferable for people under the age of 30 with no underlying health conditions to be offered an alternative vaccine where possible once they are eligible.

“When people are called forward, they should get their jab. Vaccines are the best way out of this pandemic and provide strong protection against Covid-19.”

Read the latest information on the vaccination and blood clotting.

What you should do next:

Over 50 years of age or with underlying medical conditions

  • Current advice remains that you should still receive any of the available COVID-19 vaccines.
  • The benefits of vaccination in protecting you against the serious consequences of COVID-19 outweigh any risk of this rare condition.
  • You should also complete your course with the same vaccine you had for the first dose.
  • If your first dose was with AZ vaccine without suffering any serious side effects you should have the second dose on time as you may still be at high risk of the complications of COVID-19.

If you are a healthy person over 30 to 50 years of age

  • Current advice is that all adults in this age group should still receive any of the available COVID-19 vaccines.
  • The benefits of vaccination in protecting you against the serious consequences of COVID-19 outweigh any risk of this rare condition.
  • You should also complete your course with the same vaccine you had for the first dose.

If you are a healthy younger person aged 18 to 39

  • The MHRA and the JCVI advises that all adults in this age group should still receive any of the available COVID-19 vaccines.
  • The benefits of vaccination in protecting you against the serious consequences of COVID-19 outweigh any risk of this rare condition.
  • You should also complete your course with the same vaccine you had for the first dose.
  • Currently JCVI has advised that it is preferable for people under 30 to have a vaccine other than AZ.
  • If you choose to have another COVID-19 vaccine you may have to wait to be protected.
  • You may wish to go ahead with the AZ vaccination after you have considered all the risks and benefits for you.