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New guidance has been issued for the use of the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.
This follows further reviews by the independent regulator, the MHRA, and the Commission for Human Medicines, of a very small number of people in the UK who have developed a rare blood-clotting condition since having the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.
The MHRA and Joint Committee for Vaccinations and Immunisations have emphasised that the risk of this condition is extremely small and that the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risks for the vast majority of people. They have recommended that:
Everyone who has had the AstraZeneca vaccine should still have a second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, irrespective of age, unless they suffered any serious side effects after their first vaccination
People aged 30 and over or who have a health condition that puts them at higher risk of severe Covid-19 disease should still be offered the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine. The benefits in protecting them against the serious consequences of COVID-19 outweigh any risk of this rare condition.
People aged 18-29 who do not have a health condition that puts them at higher risk of severe COVID-19 disease will be offered an alternative Covid-19 vaccine where available. (This has been recommended as a precaution as people under 30 are at less risk from Covid-19 and not because they are considered to be at particular risk of developing the rare blood clot.)
People under 30 can still choose to have the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine if this will mean they can be protected more quickly and they have been made aware of the guidance.
Please see the leaflet below that has been produced by Public Health England and the NHS to answer any questions you may have
Covid19 vaccination and blood clotting.pdf
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Sepsis (blood poisoning)
There are around 250,000 cases of sepsis every year in the UK, with at least 46,000 dying every year as a result of the condition.
Anyone can develop sepsis after an injury or minor infection, though some people are more at risk than others, including:
Babies and the elderly
Frail people or people with weakened immune symptoms
People who have recently had surgery or a serious illness
There is lots of information about symptoms of sepsis here. Its important for patients to be aware of the symptoms people experience with sepsis
S - Slurred speech or confusion
E - Extreme hivering
P - Passing no urine
S - Severe breathlessness
I - It feels like you're going to die
S - Skin mottled or discoloured
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When we send off your specimens for testing...
What happens next?
If your result is NORMAL, you will NOT be contacted.
However if the clinician reviewing your result needs to speak to you, we will contact you to make an appointment. Please let us have your up to date contact numbers
When should I call 999 or go to A&E?
Patients with the following conditions should go to A&E or call 999:
Collapsing / Losing Consciousness
Choking / Severe Bleeding
Severe Breathing Difficulties
When should I go to the nearest walk-in centre or minor injuries clinic?
When should I go to a local Pharmacy?
If you are unsure you should first call 111 for advice.