Thursday, March 18, 2021

Quote of the day 18th March 2021

"There have been 37 reports of blood clots following over 17 million doses of the vaccine being given - that's actually a lower incidence of blood clotting than you'd expect to see just by chance, so there's absolutely no evidence that the vaccine can cause blood clots.

"The fact that these figures are available at all shows just how carefully the safety of the vaccine is monitored, and far from being concerned about it, I think people should be significantly reassured that the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccination is both very safe and highly effective.

"A failure of vaccine rollout is one of the reasons that many parts of Europe are now entering a third wave and further lockdowns. So if you are offered vaccination in the coming days I'd strongly urge you to take it: it is safe and effective."

(Colin Cox, Cumbria's Director of Public Health. He added that he found the decision of several European countries to suspend use of the vaccine to be "baffling.")



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