Emergency departments are overrun with patients who have had the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine and who have mild side effects.
Doctors have reported an increase in patients claiming to be suffering from the shot due to concerns about blood clots induced earlier this week.
People who say they have “mild headaches” after getting the vaccine are clogging hospitals, doctors said.
This week, the company’s vaccine was restricted to certain age groups in several countries around the world, including under-30s in Britain, following reports of rare blood clots in the brain and abdomen.
Officials insisted there is still no evidence that the shot causes the blood conditions and stressed that the benefits of vaccination far outweigh the risk.
Emergency departments are overrun with patients who have had the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine and who have mild side effects, doctors say. Photo: St Thomas’ Hospital in London
AstraZeneca’s vaccine was limited to certain age groups in several countries around the world, including under 30 in Great Britain
Dr. Katherine Henderson, the president of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, said Guardian people who are ‘okay’ come into hospitals with concerns about the vaccine.
She said, ‘It’s definitely a thing. Colleagues all over England are reporting this. All emergency departments see an increase in the number of people reporting problems after receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine.
‘We see people with mild headaches and persistent headaches, but who are otherwise okay.
‘Emergency care and GPs receive a lot of questions. I think it is an understandable reaction from the public. I can understand why people are anxious. If they are concerned, they need advice. ‘
An emergency room consultant told the Health Service Journal that the overload has “scribbled” doctors.
They said, ‘We’ve seen massive numbers of AstraZeneca prick-related headaches come in and, like all [emergency departments], we’re scrambling to get some guidance together to wisely reduce the number that needs research.
“I understand that some units are really struggling with this.”
It’s because GPs warned the British are canceling appointments for the company’s vaccine.
In what could be a major blow to vaccine uptake, doctors said they had been inundated with patients of all ages asking for an alternative to the British jab.
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GPs have also been bombarded with people complaining of headaches and ‘requesting brain scans’ after getting their first dose.
HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE THE RARE BRAIN CLONDS SUFFER AFTER GETTING THE ASTRAZENECA VACCINE?
MHRA data leaked to ITV shows that overall, more fatal blood clots have developed in 30-39 year olds than any other age group.
According to the regulator’s investigation, as of March 31, there were 79 cases of the adverse reaction and 19 deaths.
The 79 cases occurred in 51 women and 28 men, ages 18 to 79 years.
About 14 cases out of 19 were cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST), a specific type of clot that prevents blood from draining from the brain.
The other five cases were thrombosis. Below is a breakdown by age of the cases:
18 – 29
30 – 39
40 – 49
50 – 59
60 – 69
70 – 79
The concerns stem from fears that public confidence in the jab has eroded afterward regulators suspended its use in healthy children under 30 yesterday as it continues to investigate the link with blood clots.
The clots have been noticed in just 79 of the 20 million Britons vaccinated with the AstraZeneca shot.
Meanwhile, a letter from NHS bosses on Wednesday urged all vaccination sites to cancel appointments for young people who have no underlying health problems, including NHS workers and carers.
These people will have to wait weeks before accessing the Pfizer vaccine, which is currently being rationed for second doses, or the Moderna shot which will be rolled out later this month.
Dr. David Triska, a GP partner at Witley and Milford Surgeries in Surrey, told MailOnline this week that people are now canceling their AstraZeneca shot in favor of another.
He said: “We are now inundated with headache-related consultations and people who missed their AstraZeneca appointment to try to get a different vaccine. We reassure them that the risk ratio is in favor of the vaccine. ‘
The comments were echoed by Mail On Sunday’s primary care physician, Dr. Ellie Cannon, who revealed that she had received many “requests for brain scans from people in the pit” who were concerned that they might have developed the brain clots.
She said there had been ‘massive panic’ following yesterday’s announcement by UK regulators, tweeting, ‘Lots of phone calls from patients who think they’ve had a blood clot or want to be checked for a … correct? Storm for GPs and A&E colleagues … ‘
Matt Hancock warned people under the age of 30 that refusing a vaccine for fear of blood clots could ‘ruin’ your life at the risk of contracting the disease and developing a ‘debilitating’ long-term Covid.
The health secretary launched a media blitz today as officials rush to bolster public confidence in the vaccine.