UK news Matt Hancock gives update on vaccines for under 30s amid concerns last minute news
PremierLeague-News.Com- 8.5 million people in that age group are yet to be vaccinated
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Matt Hancock has given an update on the number of vaccine doses the UK currently has, after speculation that there wasn't enough jabs after news that the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine might not be given to under 30s due to health concerns. This comes after news the government said it would not be giving the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine to under 30s because of a potential blood clot risk. However, the chance of a blood clot forming due to the jab is significantly less than many common medications already taken by under 30s including most contraceptive pills. But the health secretary said there was “more than enough” Pfizer and Moderna Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine doses to cover the remaining 18-29-year-olds still needing to be vaccinated, reports WalesOnline. On Sky News this morning (April 8) Mr Hancock said: “There are 10.16 million people aged 18-29 in the UK, 1.6 million of them have already had their first jab. Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a visit to the AstraZeneca site in Macclesfield (Image: PA) “Anybody who’s had the jab should continue with the second jab because there’s no evidence of this effect after a second jab and we have more than enough Pfizer and Moderna vaccine to cover all of the remaining 8.5 million people aged between 18-29 if necessary.” He insisted the UK remained “on track” to hit the target of all adults being offered the jab by the end of July - and that the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine is safe for all ages. He told Sky News: “All three vaccines that are in use in the UK are safe and they’re safe at all ages, but there’s a preference for the under-30s, if they want to have the Pfizer or Moderna jab, then they can.” He said the “abundance of caution” displayed by regulators recommending under-30s are offered an alternative jab to Oxford/AstraZeneca should reassure the public. Read More Related Articles Covid vaccine:Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine suspended for under 30s in UK over blood clot fears Read More Related Articles Full list of 315 Covid infection rates in England and where each Cambridgeshire area ranks Asked if he fears the move will provoke a drop off in the uptake, he told Sky News: “There’s no need of that. We’ve seen this incredible uptake of the vaccine in this country.
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“And we are seeing that the vaccine is working. It’s breaking the link between cases and deaths.” He added: “The speed of the vaccination programme is not affected by the decisions yesterday. You can see and be reassured by the fact we’re taking an abundance of caution and we’re making sure we’re rolling this out in the safest way possible.” Mr Hancock also stressed the effects of long Covid on under-30s who may be hesitant over receiving a coronavirus vaccine. You can find your nearest vaccination centre in your local area in the widget below:
He told BBC Breakfast: “The vaccines are safe, and if you want to have the Pfizer vaccine or Moderna vaccine instead then that is fine. “Covid is a horrible disease and long Covid affects people in their 20s just as much it seems as any other age group and can have debilitating side effects that essentially ruin your life.” He added: “The safety system that we have around this vaccine is so sensitive that it can pick up events that are four in a million – I’m told this is about the equivalent risk of taking a long-haul flight.”