Here is the EMA's advice for anyone being vaccinated with AstraZeneca
The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, which is now called Vaxzevria after a name change, is one of four vaccines licensed in the European Union to protect against Covid-19. So far, studies have shown it to be effective in preventing the disease and reducing the risk of hospitalization and death, although there have been cases of two types of low platelet thrombosis in immunized people.
As a result, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has stressed the importance of rapid specialized medical treatment in the event of the appearance of various symptoms in the two weeks following vaccination, according to SINC, the scientific news agency of the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology.
"The probability of this happening is very, very low, but even so, one must be attentive to the symptoms in order to receive urgent medical treatment that helps recovery and avoid complications should the situation occur," they have assured from the EMA’s Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC).
"If signs of blood clots and low platelets are recognized and treated in time, health professionals can help those affected in their recovery and avoid complications," they stated. This means that vaccinated people should seek medical assistance immediately if they present the following symptoms:
- Shortness of breath.
- Chest pain.
- Leg swelling.
- Persistent abdominal pain.
- Neurological symptoms, such as severe and persistent headaches or blurred vision.
- Small spots of blood under the skin around the place injected.
"It is of great importance that health professionals and people who go to get vaccinated are aware of these risks and are attentive to the possible signs or symptoms that usually appear in the first two weeks after vaccination," said Sabine Straus, president of the PRAC.
In addition, the EMA has advised consulting with health professionals or contacting the corresponding authorities with any questions about the implementation of the vaccine in your country.