The MHRA is carrying out a detailed review of reports of a very rare blood clotting problem affecting a small number of people who have had the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.
The problem can also happen in people who have not been vaccinated and it’s not yet clear why it affects some people.
The COVID-19 vaccine can help stop you getting seriously ill or dying from coronavirus. For people aged 30 or over and those with other health conditions, the benefits of being vaccinated outweigh any risk of clotting problems.
For people under 30 without other health conditions, it’s currently advised that it’s preferable to have another COVID-19 vaccine instead of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.
Call 111 immediately if you get any of these symptoms starting from around 4 days to 4 weeks after being vaccinated:
Find out more about COVID-19 vaccination and blood clotting on GOV.UK
Sadly, there are a number of SMS/Text message scams currently taking place, preying on the fears of Covid-19 and sending ‘phishing’ messages to try and trick users into using a bad link.
The latest scam e-mail says it is: ‘A public health message from NHS’ (screenshot above). Do not reply to this e-mail, it is a scam.
For more information about this and how to avoid these scams, please download Scams to be aware of regarding Covid-19
Millcroft Medical Centre will send out text messages to our patients who are due a Covid-19 vaccination, we DO NOT send out e-mails. Our text messages will have our practice name at the bottom of the text.