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Risk Of Blood Clots Is Much Higher If You Catch Covid-19 Than If You Get The Vaccine, Says Study


Risk Of Blood Clots Is Much Higher If You Catch Covid-19 Than If You Get The Vaccine, Says Study

A landmark UK study has revealed people who contract the coronavirus have a higher risk of developing a blood clot compared to someone who gets the Covid-19 vaccine.

Dozens of people have developed the medical condition after getting the vaccine, which has sparked a sense of hesitancy in multiple countries, including Australia.

However, research published in the British Medical Journal has looked at whether it's riskier getting the virus or the vaccine in regards to clots.

Researchers found for every 10 million people who were given the AZ vaccine, there were 66 who will suffer a blood-clotting syndrome.

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While many will be concerned by that, it pales in comparison to the blood-clotting events that happened for people who caught Covid-19.

There were 12,614 instances of blood clots recorded in 10 million people who have tested positive for coronavirus.

The study looked at what happened for more than 29 million people who received the AstraZeneca or Pfizer vaccine and 1.7 million who caught the virus.


Aziz Sheikh, a co-author of the study and professor at the University of Edinburgh, said the outcome of the research 'underscores the importance of getting vaccinated to reduce the risk of these clotting and bleeding outcomes in individuals'.

The study concluded: "The UK provides an ideal setting to study these widely deployed vaccines because they have been used at scale, enabling direct comparison.

"Other strengths of our study include representativeness, data completeness for exposures, and timeliness.

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"Our results are likely to be generalisable to other older populations because we have studied a very large sample of much more diverse patients than those enrolled in clinical trials; however, they might not be generalisable to younger populations because they have not yet been vaccinated in large numbers."

The researchers weren't able to ascertain whether the deaths following the vaccine were because of the jab or other factors, however regulators have been able to find a link.

The Australian government initially banned young people from getting the AZ vaccine over fears it could result in loads of blood clotting events.

However, they have since opened it up and have asked people to consult with their GP on which vaccine is best for them.


A little more than 32 per cent of the country is fully vaccinated, whereas 54.8 per cent have received at least one dose.

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Topics: News, Coronavirus

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