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People should get their Covid-19 jab when invited, the PM has said, amid concerns about potential side effects of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. reports that Boris Johnson said getting vaccinated was "the key thing" and the regulator's advice was to keep giving the jab.

It comes after a European Medicines Agency official, speaking in a personal capacity, said there appeared to be a link with the jab and rare blood clots.

More than 31.6 million people in the UK have had a first vaccine dose.

A total of 5.4 million people have received a second dose. Two vaccines - developed by Oxford-AstraZeneca and Pfizer-BioNtech - are being used in the UK.

The European Medicines Agency's (EMA) safety committee has been reviewing very rare cases of unusual blood clots in people vaccinated with the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.

It said that the committee had "not yet reached a conclusion and the review is currently ongoing", but it is expected to announce findings on Wednesday or Thursday.

The UK regulator the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) says the benefits of the jab continue to outweigh any risk.

2021.04.06 / 20:12
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