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Adults under 30 years of age will be offered an alternative vaccine to the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine as a preference and where this is available, according to Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, England’s deputy chief medical officer, speaking at today’s update by the United Kingdom’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
The agency notes that the balance of benefits over risk favored use of the Astra Zeneca/Oxford vaccine overall, but concludes a possible link between the AstraZeneca vaccine and extremely rare, unlikely-to-occur blood clots.
“This is a vanishingly rare but sadly very serious adverse event,” Van-Tam acknowledged. “But this is a ‘course correction’ in the UK vaccine program. If you said to me [last March] that we wouldn’t need a course correction I would have been surprised,” he remarked.