Covid Scotland: Five worrying side effects of AstraZeneca vaccine amid urgent warning – Edinburgh Live

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Top coronavirus scientists have issued a warning to anyone who has been given the AstraZeneca/Oxford jag.

Those who have received the vaccine are being urged to look out for five symptoms which could lead to health problems.

The Birmingham Mail reports how the warning comes after it was confirmed under-40s are to be offered an alternative to the jab.

Worrying signs include bad headaches, blurred vision, stomach pain or skin rashes.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) said there is an “extremely small risk” of people suffering blood clots after having the jab, but the risk of illness with Covid-19 also drops for younger people as infection rates fall across the country.

Professor Wei Shen Lim, Covid-19 Chair for JCVI said that safety remains the number one priority.

But five worrying signs have been circulated by expects – and they are as follows:

  • a severe headache that is not relieved with painkillers or is getting worse;
  • a headache that feels worse when you lie down or bend over;
  • a headache that is unusual for you and occurs with blurred vision, feeling or being sick, problems speaking, weakness, drowsiness or seizures;
  • a rash that looks like small bruises or bleeding under the skin;
  • shortness of breath, chest pain, leg swelling or persistent abdominal pain.

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The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is currently appraising the jab and the review is said to be at an advanced stage.

Experts have also assessed the risks from any third wave of Covid in the UK and concluded that that wave is likely to be smaller than previously anticipated, therefore the risks to younger people are lower.

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