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  • Updated: March 19, 2021

UK PM Boris Johnson To Receive "Safe" AstraZeneca Vaccine

UK PM Boris Johnson To Receive Safe AstraZeneca Vaccine

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to get his jab of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine and he has urged members to do the same, calling it "safe".

56-year-old Johnson remarked that England's journey out of lockdown was on track and while speaking on Thursday at a Downing Street Conference, said the AstraZeneca jab was safe.

Different European nations are to resume using the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine following the reassurance from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) that it was "safe and effective."

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The Prime Minister stated that the AstraZeneca vaccine was safe but "the thing that isn't safe is catching Covid, which is why it's so important that we all get our jabs as soon as our turn comes."

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Speaking further, he added, "The way to ensure this lockdown easing happens is to get the jab when your turn comes, so let's get the jab done."

Chief Medical Officer for England, Prof. Chris Whitty, noted that there were "anecdotal reports" of small numbers of people not turning up for vaccine appointments following the controversy over the AstraZeneca jab in Europe.

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He said that he expected many of those would decide to get the jab after "a pause for thought", adding that Covid was still a "very dangerous disease."

"People dying, people getting significant blood clotting problems, that's one of the risks of Covid, people having long-term physical and mental effects from Covid", he stated. 

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