According to a survey, people in the UK today have more confidence in the safety of Covid vaccines than they do with the fear of blood clotting across Europe.
The number of people who want a stab as soon as possible has increased. 46 percent are sure they will get in touch – up from 36 percent in December.
A public survey by the University of Bristol and King’s College London found that people are more likely to believe the vaccines increase the risk of blood clots, but want them anyway.
Still, only about one in three (31 percent) believe the link is true – even after the UK regulator’s move to recommend the vaccine to people under the age of 30 because of the potential risk.
However, the reputation of the AstraZeneca Jab was hit by the fiasco. Only 17 percent said they would choose the AstraZeneca rush if given the choice, up from 24 percent in March.
And in a breakthrough in vaccinating ethnic minority people who are more likely to reject a sting, the percentage of people who say they’ll get one once it’s offered has tripled to 45 percent in the past four months .
Professor Bobby Duffy, who conducted the survey, said fear of blood clots “did not reduce confidence in vaccines”. He added, “In fact, the trend is towards increased commitment to vaccination – and fast.”
An increasing proportion of people said they would be sure to get a sting asap
The study interviewed 4,896 adults in the UK, all between 18 and 75 years old, interviewed between April 1 and April 16.
UK Medicines Agency MHRA announced on April 7th that it was changing its advice to avoid recommending the AstraZeneca bump to those under 30.
After reports of rare blood clots developing alongside low platelet counts in people, experts decided the vaccine appeared to increase the risk.
In some cases, people developed a condition called CVST – cerebral venous sinus thrombosis – which causes clots near the brain and, if left untreated, can trigger strokes.
As this was seen more frequently in younger people, although still only one in 200,000, the MHRA decided to give a different vaccine to those under 30 for safety reasons.
Some countries in Europe have stopped using the sting entirely or have had a higher age limit, for example refusing to pass it on to anyone other than the elderly. However, there is still no evidence that it was the vaccines that caused the problem.
Professor Duffy said, “The fear of blood clots has affected how some of the public perceive the AstraZeneca vaccine – but has not reduced confidence in vaccines as a whole.
“In fact, the trend has been towards increased commitment to vaccination – and fast – because the rollout has progressed so well with no sign of serious, widespread problems.”
Questions and Answers: Everything You Need to Know About COVID Vaccines and Blood Clots
Is there any evidence that the sting is causing the blood clot?
Scientists have repeatedly insisted that there is still no evidence that coronavirus vaccines cause the extremely rare complication – blood clots that appear alongside low platelet counts.
However, officials are still investigating the link found in both AstraZeneca and Johnson and Johnson vaccine recipients and cannot rule it out completely.
DO SCIENTISTS HAVE A THEORY FOR WHAT CAN THE LINK BE?
Experts are at a loss as to why the vaccines can cause blockages in very rare cases.
One explanation that is gaining ground is that it may be due to an overreaction in the immune system that causes the body to attack its own platelets – tiny chunks of cells in the blood that form clots to stop bleeding when someone is injured .
Experts believe the shock could cause the body to produce antibodies – usually to fight off viruses – that mistake platelets for foreign invaders and attack them.
To compensate, the body then overproduces platelets to replace those that have been attacked, which thickens the blood and increases the risk of clotting. This then causes platelet counts to drop.
The researchers say the phenomenon is similar to a phenomenon that can occur in heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT) when people take a drug called heparin.
WHAT SYMPTOMS DO YOU CAUSE?
The EMA said symptoms can appear up to three weeks after vaccination.
UK regulators say the complication usually occurs four days after the first sting.
The symptoms of the two blood clots can include:
- shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Swollen legs
- Persistent stomach pain
- Severe or persistent headache
- Blurred vision
- Bruised skin beyond the injection site
“People have more time and practical experience to make decisions.
However, it also means that the naturally skeptics have also reaffirmed their views. Since July last year, the number of those who say they don’t or definitely won’t have nearly doubled – from seven to 13 Percent.” To be vaccinated.
“This shows that there is still no room for complacency in clearly communicating the key benefits of vaccination as a very large segment of the population needs to be covered to really contain the virus.”
The survey found that the number of people who believed the AstraZeneca vaccine would cause blood clots rose from 17 percent to 31 percent after the MHRA’s announcement.
People who were already careful with the bumps were more likely to believe it – 57 percent – but a majority of people still said the alleged link was either wrong or they didn’t know.
Even so, the proportion of people who said they thought vaccines were safe increased.
In the survey, 81 percent of respondents said they thought vaccines were safe, compared with 73 percent at the end of 2020. 39 percent of those who strongly believe they are – up from 30 percent.
And more people were convinced it was effective – 86 percent said bumps were effective, up from 79 percent in December.
The researchers said there was a “big change” in the number of ethnic minorities willing to take a bump.
Experts and ministers have been concerned about the low acceptance in non-white communities and have made efforts to convince them that it is safe and right to get the trick.
The study found that 45 percent of ethnic minorities said they would be vaccinated immediately after being invited, up from 15 percent before the rollout began last year.
Dr. Siobhan McAndrew, a social scientist at the University of Bristol, said: “These results shed light on several aspects of reluctance to vaccinate coronavirus: concerns about long-term side effects, vaccine effectiveness, vaccine ingredients, effectiveness and speed of regulatory clearance.
“Such concerns persist for a hard core of vaccine opponents.
“The public health challenge remains complex: responding to the concerns and information needs of a diverse population, supporting the social norm for vaccines, and providing rationale for those who are not convinced to receive the vaccine.”
Cambridge University epidemiologist Dr. Raghib Ali told MailOnline yesterday that younger adults should get their vaccines to end the lockdown, even if they are at a lower risk of death.
The NHS vaccination program opened to people in their late 40s. Everyone over the age of 44 is now entitled to a stitch, which they can book online or by phone. It is expected to expand even further for people in their 30s over the next week.
However, experts fear that younger people have less shock absorption than older groups because they do not have a high risk of death from Covid and may have been more likely to see anti-Vaxx theories online or be concerned about side effects.
Dr. Ali said: “We will face a problem, especially with young people who perceive the threat from Covid to be less.
“I would tell these people that if you want to avoid another lockdown, vaccination is the best way to do it. Young people suffer the most from lockdowns due to their mental and economic health. Vaccination is the only way to do this. ‘
Blood clots more likely after COVID than after vaccine
According to a study, people are up to ten times more likely to develop a cerebral blood clot after taking Covid than after being vaccinated.
Cerebral venous sinus thombrosis is the condition that terrified regulators by appearing in recipients of the AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson shocks.
However, researchers at Oxford University claim that the risk of developing the complication is significantly higher after receiving the coronavirus than after receiving one of the Covid bumps.
The benefits of vaccination are far greater than the risks, they insist, as the chance of getting a clot is still rare and mass vaccination will protect millions of people – both those who get the bumps and the people around them around.
The scientists looked at data from the United States to find out the number of times people were diagnosed with CVST after testing positive for coronavirus.
They estimated the rate at 39 cases per million people – 0.0039 percent, or one in 25,641.
The rate for people who had Pfizer or Moderna’s vaccine was four in a million – 0.00039 percent, or one in 250,000.
And based on European data, they said the risk after AstraZeneca’s sting was roughly five in a million – 0.0005 percent, or one in 200,000.
“The key message is that the risk of this particular event is actually much less than if you got Covid or someone else got Covid,” said Dr. John Geddes of the University Biomedical Research Center.
The study came after another Oxford professor who was not involved in the research, Sir John Bell, said the risk of blood clots after vaccination was “trivial”.
The Oxford study calculations suggest that the CVST rate in people who test positive for Covid-19 is 39 in a million, compared to four to five per million after vaccination