Twitter users are seeing the funny side of news that young people under 30 will get an alternative to AstraZeneca

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‘Blood clot? You are more likely to be killed by a POODLE! : Twitter users are seeing the funny side of news that under-30s are getting an alternative to AstraZeneca jab

  • The Internet has poked fun at news that young people under 30 should not take an AstraZeneca shot
  • The advisory board ruled that 18-29 year olds should receive an alternative vaccine
  • So far, 79 out of 20 million Britons had contracted blood clots in the brain or arteries

Social media users have poked fun at the news that young people under 30 will be offered an alternative to the AstraZeneca vaccine after controversy over the risk of blood clots.

Twitter users were quick to list things statistically more likely than a blood clot from the vaccine, including being hit by lightning and being killed by a Poodle.

The government’s vaccine advisory group today ruled that people between the ages of 18 and 29 should be given an alternative to AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine, while experts continue to investigate the link with rare blood clots.

A review by the drug watchdog, the MHRA, found that at the end of March, 79 of the 20 million Britons vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine had contracted fatal blood clots in the brain or arteries, a percentage of about one in 250,000. Nineteen of the cases died and three were under the age of 30.

Slides presented at a press conference announcing the change in today’s guidelines showed that younger people are more prone to blood clots after vaccination than older groups.

The MHRA said healthy people ages 19 to 29 will instead be offered the Pfizer or Moderna shot when the program moves to younger groups in the coming months.

Anyone who has already had their first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine, regardless of age, is advised to go for their second appointment as scheduled.

Social media users were quick to discover the funny side of the situation after official guidelines suggested that young people under 30 should receive an alternative vaccine.

Some users pointed to a list of things that were statistically more likely than the vaccine to get a blood clot.

One user wrote, “The risk of being killed or struck by lightning by a Poodle is much, much greater than the risk of a blood clot from the Astra Zeneca injection.”

Another wrote, “Astra Zeneca? Not likely,” said 55-year-old, 20 Marlborough a day, two bottles of Rioja a night, riding Ducati, occasional recreational drug user and fish and chip aficionado Big Dave from Doncaster. ‘

Others compared the risks of getting a blood clot from the vaccine with the birth control pill.

One user wrote, “Welcome to the world of taking a drug with risks so you can have freedom and give it to others – just ask the millions of women who have taken the pill.”

The MHRA insisted there was still no concrete evidence that the British-made vaccine caused the blood clots, but admitted that the link was getting stronger.

The review prompted the government’s vaccine advisory group, the JCVI, to recommend that people aged 18 to 29 receive an alternative shot.

However, the European regulator, the EMA, took a bolder approach, saying that blood clots should be listed as a ‘very rare’ side effect of the AstraZeneca vaccine, but that they do not impose any age restrictions on its use.

Britons over that age are still advised to get the vaccine because the risk of Covid far outweighs the chance of developing the extremely rare conditions. But the JCVI said the benefit-risk balance was “ finer in balance ” in younger people.

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