A YORK GP has explained how he would still recommend the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccination to his family - after concerns across the country that it has pontentially fatal side effects.

It was announced yesterday that due to a very small number of blood clots in younger people and a changing risk/benefit, those under the age of 30 will be offered Pfizer or Moderna instead of the AstraZeneca jab.

Dr David Fair, of the Jorvik Medical Practice in the city, has shared his thoughts on the situation.

The York GP said: "The risk of serious side effects from the vaccine is so tiny, nobody is even certain it exists at all.

"There is no age group where the risk of having the vaccination is worse than the risk of not having it. Personally, I would still recommend it to my own family.

"The medical regulators are understandably very cautious as they don't want to frighten people, and since there are alternatives available, it makes sense to other vaccines instead of the AstraZeneca whilst they collect further data on it."

European regulators have ruled that unusual blood clots were “very rare side effects” of the jab. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) in the UK said there were still huge benefits of the vaccine in preventing Covid-19, and has not concluded that it causes rare clots, although it says the link is getting firmer.