The tweet – aimed at a fictitious ‘Big Dave from Doncaster’ came as part of the debate that under-30s will be offered an alternative to the AstraZeneca Covid jab which has been linked with rare blood clots.
Twitter users were quick to list things that are statistically more likely than suffering a blood clot from the vaccine including getting struck by lightning and being killed by a poodle.
The Government's vaccine advisory group ruled yesterday that people aged between 18 and 29 should be offered an alternative to AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine while experts continue to investigate its link to rare blood clots.
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And that led to one Twitter user taking a dig on social media at the dietary and lifestyle habits of Doncaster folk.
The tweet said: "Astra Zeneca? Not bloody likely," says the 55-year-old, 20 Marlborough (sic) a day, two bottle of Rioja a night, Ducati riding, occasional recreational drug user and fish and chip lover Big Dave from Doncaster.”
A review by the drugs watchdog the MHRA found that by the end of March, 79 out of 20 million Britons vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine had suffered deadly blood clots in the brain or arteries, a rate of about one in 250,000. Nineteen of the cases died and three were under the age of 30.
The MHRA said healthy people aged 19 to 29 be offered either the Pfizer or Moderna jabs instead when the programme moves to younger groups in the coming months.
Meanwhile, health secretary Matt Hancock has urged people to continue to take the AZ jab.
The UK has more than enough supply of the Pfizer and Moderna jabs to vaccinate all adults under 30, the health secretary has said and added that the UK is on track to vaccinate all adults by 31 July.
He said the AstraZeneca jab remained safe and urged those who had received one dose to take up their second.