COVID-19 Vaccination

COVID-19 linked to blood clots ─Researchers

*Experts say the risk of blood clots was ‘substantially higher’, following COVID-19 infection than it was after receiving either vaccine

Emmanuel Akosile | ConsumerConnect

News reports of rare cases of blood clots forming after people got vaccinated may have contributed to vaccine hesitancy in some countries of the world.

However, a fresh study puts those reports in a different light, as researchers at Oxford University and other British universities have concluded that you have a greater chance of suffering blood clots from catching COVID-19 than from being vaccinated.

The experts analysed data from more than 29million people who got either the AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine, or the one produced by Pfizer and BioNTech, agency report said.

They compared the rate of blood clotting after the first dose of a vaccine with clotting after a positive COVID-19 test.

The researchers say the risk of blood clots was “substantially higher”, following infection than it was after receiving either vaccine.

Companies consider penalising unvaccinated employees

As more companies consider penalising unvaccinated employees, ConsumerConnect had reported Delta Airlines was the first to hit unvaccinated employees with a $200 a month health insurance surcharge.

Other companies are edging closer to following the American aviation company’s example, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Human resources experts, however, say this financial penalty allows companies to pressure their employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19 without mandating vaccinations.

Wade Symons, a regulatory resources consultant, was quoted to have said: “The measures (businesses) have taken so far aren’t leading to the levels of vaccination in the workforce that they want.

“They are starting to think about some of the more strict measures they can take.”

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