Is the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine safe?




We are aware that patients maybe be worried about some of the safety reports that have recently been publicised around the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine use has been stopped in some European countries. This is because of a small number of blood clots that have been reported in some people who recently had the vaccine.


Blood clots can occur naturally and are not uncommon. More than 11 million doses of the COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca have now been given across the UK. The number of blood clots reported after having the vaccine is not more than what would have occurred naturally in the groups that have been vaccinated.


The medicines regulator (responsible for decisions on the use of medicines) for the EU have said that there is nothing to suggest that this vaccine causes blood clots.


The World Health Organization (WHO) is investigating these reports, but has also said that there is no evidence that the clots reported were caused by the vaccine. The WHO have also asked that countries do not stop the vaccination programme with AstraZeneca Vaccine.


The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency for the UK (MHRA) are responsible for making sure all medicines used in the UK are safe. The MHRA have said that the vaccine is safe to give to people. People should still go and get their COVID-19 vaccine when asked to do so.



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The RCOG and the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) have put out a statement confirming the vaccines does not affect the reproductive system at all.

Statement from RCOG and RCM in relation to COVID Vaccine and Fertility

There is comprehensive information, guidance, and answers to questions at COVID-19 Vaccination programme | East London Health & Care Partnership ( 



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