AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine: You’re more likely to get blood clots from everyday things

From the contraceptive pill to pregnancy and flying long distance: The everyday things that are more likely to give you blood clots than the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine

Australians more likely to get blood clots from everyday activities than the jab

79 out of 18million AstraZeneca recipients in Britain have reported blood clotsBy those figures though only one in 228,000 recipients have suffered a clotFlying long-haul, having orthopedic surgery and pregnancy carry higher risk

Australians are more likely to get blood clots from taking the pill or flying long haul than getting AstraZeneca‘s Covid-19 vaccine, studies show.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the state premiers have all backed the vaccine while the Therapeutic Goods Administration has said the jab is safe for public use.

Their support for the AstraZeneca version – which most Australians will have – is despite British regulators advising young people be given a different vaccine.

Of the 18 million people vaccinated in Britain against the virus, the national regulator has reported blood clotting in 79 recipients – 19 of whom died.

A registered nurse receives an injection of the Covid-19 vaccine in Townsville, central Queensland in March. Of the 18million people vaccinated in Britain against the virus, the national regulator has reported blood clotting in 79 recipients – or one in 228,000

But by those figures, only one in 228,000 AstraZeneca recipients have suffered a clot after going under the needle.

The risk of this type of rare blood clot is about four people in a million who receive the vaccine. 

From flying long-haul to having orthopedic surgery and getting pregnant, these activities are more likely to give you potentially deadly blood clots than a coronavirus vaccine.

Contraceptive pill

While 37 out of 17 million inoculations in the EU and UK were linked to blood clots, women taking certain types of the contraceptive pill face much starker odds each year.

An article in the medical journal Lancet last year said about five in 10,000 women each year suffer blood clots after taking the combined contraceptive pill.

By that measure, the incidence rate is one in 2,000 cases – 125 times more frequent than the figures reported for the AstraZeneca vaccine.

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