No hesitancy: Doctor reports 'zero no-shows’ in Sheffield over AstraZenica vaccine – as 600 more people are vaccinated

Despite the suspension imposed on Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine by several European countries over safety concerns, a Sheffield surgery administering the vaccine remains unperturbed.

Thursday, 18th March 2021, 8:36 am

Primary Care Network Clinical Director Dr Ollie Hart who is based at the city's Mathew's Practice, said there has been "no hesitancy" by the public around the vaccine although it reportedly has caused several cases of blood clots.

In a video posted on Twitter on Wednesday (March 17), he said: "Back on the three days of vaccinating. Really glad to say that the rumours circulating haven't put anybody off at all.

"We've had very few people not turn up today, very little concern about rumours being pushed around by European neighbours.

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"Everyone is very happy to get their vaccines today. We're pushing on."

On Tuesday, Cyprus, Luxembourg, Latvia and Sweden became the latest European nations to suspend its use, despite advice from Europe's medicines regulators that there's no indication that the vaccine has caused blood clots.

European Medical Authority (EMA) and other international medical agencies have also stressed that the benefits of getting shots into arms outweigh any potential risks.

Doctor Kate Martin (L) administers an injection of AstraZeneca/Oxford Covid-19 vaccine to a patient at the vaccination centre set up at St Columba's church in Sheffield (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

Denmark was the first country to halt the AstraZeneca vaccine rollout as a "precautionary measure" pending investigation by Danish health officials on potential side effects after one vaccinated person who developed a blood clot died.

Norway, Iceland, Bulgaria, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain quickly followed suit.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson however appeared to have shunned the European concerns, saying that he will get the AstraZeneca shot as he is now in line to be vaccinated.

Dr Ollie Hart

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