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Experts on AstraZeneca vaccine: / Rishard Khan

There is a mi­nus­cule risk of de­vel­op­ing blood clots af­ter re­ceiv­ing the Ox­ford-As­traZeneca COVID-19 vac­cine– so low that ex­perts deem it a rare oc­cur­rence.

How­ev­er, af­ter re­cent al­le­ga­tions that an el­der­ly per­son was paral­ysed and hos­pi­talised for a clot af­ter re­ceiv­ing the jab, some cit­i­zens are fear­ful of it. 

In­ter­nal med­i­cine spe­cial­ist Dr Joel Teelucks­ingh be­lieves the risk is low enough to be con­sid­ered al­most non-ex­is­tent but ad­vis­es that those who think they may be at a high­er risk for de­vel­op­ing the clots due to un­der­ly­ing con­di­tions con­sult their physi­cians. 

“If you think you are at an in­creased risk for blood clots or you had a blood clot in the past, it would be pru­dent to chat with your physi­cian be­fore. Es­pe­cial­ly if you’re on some nov­el or very po­tent blood thin­ners,” he told Guardian Me­dia. 

He al­so ad­vised that med­ical treat­ment should be sought af­ter re­ceiv­ing the vac­cine if they ex­pe­ri­ence any ad­verse re­ac­tions. 

“If you have any sort of chest pain, short­ness of breath, swollen legs or swollen arm, headaches which are wors­en­ing with nau­sea (vom­it­ing), blurred vi­sion, speech is­sues fol­low­ing the vac­cine- you def­i­nite­ly want to be eval­u­at­ed for the pos­si­bil­i­ty of a clot,” he said.

“It’s fab­u­lous­ly rare- van­ish­ing­ly so but it should be borne in mind that there have been re­port­ed case (in­ter­na­tion­al­ly).”

The chance of de­vel­op­ing a clot is around 0.0004 per cent. That means the prob­a­bil­i­ty of it oc­cur­ring is one in every 250,000 peo­ple. It’s a rel­a­tive­ly low prob­a­bil­i­ty com­pared to that of de­vel­op­ing clots from smok­ing and us­ing birth con­trol. Most im­por­tant­ly, how­ev­er, it’s sig­nif­i­cant­ly low­er than the chance of de­vel­op­ing clots from con­tract­ing COVID-19 which stands at 16.5 per cent. 

It’s why health ex­perts stress that it’s about eval­u­at­ing the risks and ben­e­fits of the vac­cine. 

“You get on a plane- you don’t know you’re go­ing to make it to the oth­er side. You get on the high­way here in Trinidad in my small car– I’m not sure I’m mak­ing it to the next place,” clin­i­cal im­mu­nol­o­gist Dr Michele Mon­teil said. 

“The point is that…life is about risk and some­times you have to take mea­sured risks and I think vac­ci­na­tion is one of those that I would urge you to take.”

Vi­rol­o­gy Pro­fes­sor at the Uni­ver­si­ty of the West In­dies Dr Christo­pher Oura al­so held the view that the ben­e­fit of re­ceiv­ing the jab far out­weighs the risk of the clots. His as­sess­ment comes not on­ly from an aca­d­e­m­ic stand­point but al­so from a per­son­al one.

“I have ac­tu­al­ly tak­en the vac­cine. I’ve had the As­traZeneca vac­cine. All the peo­ple I know around me have had the As­traZeneca vac­cine be­cause I’m cur­rent­ly in the UK and I’ve heard of no prob­lems,” he said.

“When I look at the da­ta very care­ful­ly and I know this virus very well and I see the age groups…I see peo­ple suf­fer­ing from it a year af­ter they’ve been in­fect­ed in some cas­es- it is ab­solute­ly clear to me those very very small risks that I said ear­li­er the vac­cine ben­e­fits far out­weigh the risks.”

The World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion (WHO) has al­so pre­vi­ous­ly de­clared the ben­e­fits of the vac­cine out­weighs the risk of blood clots.

Ear­li­er this week al­le­ga­tions arose that an el­der­ly man was paral­ysed and fight­ing for his life af­ter he had a blood clot days af­ter he re­ceived the Ox­ford-As­traZeneca vac­cine. The South West Re­gion­al Health Au­thor­i­ty has since de­nied any link be­tween the vac­cine and the man’s con­di­tion.—Rishard Khan

LINK ORIGINAL: The Trinidad Guardian

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