An update from Dr Rupert Suckling on the AstraZeneca vaccine

Dr Rupert Suckling, Director of Public Health at Doncaster Council:

People may have seen the news that some countries have temporarily suspended use of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine as a precautionary measure because of concerns about some possible serious side effects.

I want to reassure everyone that it has not been confirmed that any reported cases of issues with blood clots have been caused by the AstraZeneca vaccine and there is no evidence to support it.

Advice from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Authority (MHRA) and the UK Government is that people should still go and get their Covid-19 vaccine when asked to do so.

All the vaccines being used in the UK have met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness in offering protection against Coronavirus and of the millions of people who have had their first jabs, reports of side effects such as allergic reactions have been very rare. Please keep your appointment for your vaccine to help boost protection against the virus.

You can get more information and answers to common questions about the vaccine here: