This is despite concern overseas, notably in Germany, France and Spain, that the jab is indeed unsafe. After some people in those nations suffered blood clots in the days and weeks that followed the jab, those EU countries banned it.
And since then, the uptake of jthe abs has decreased in some parts of the UK.
But a spokesperson for the Northamptonshire Covid-19 vaccination programme said today: “The Covid-19 vaccine is safe and effective and is our best protection against coronavirus.
“As with all vaccines the AstraZeneca vaccine is regulated by the MHRA, which is still encouraging people to continue getting the vaccine when asked to do, and we have full confidence in their expert judgement and processes.
“People eligible for the vaccine may be contacted by the national NHS Covid-19 Vaccination Booking Service or by their local GP inviting them to come forward to be vaccinated.
“People have a choice about where they can receive their vaccination. If you get a letter or text inviting you to book at the vaccination centre or a local pharmacy-led site, you can choose to wait to be vaccinated by your local GP service if you prefer.”
Those in the top priority groups, including those aged 55 and over, are now waiting to get the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Regardless of vaccination, blood clots are fairly common – and given the sheer number of people who are getting a jab, these incidents could be coincidental, the NHS stresses.
More than 24 million people in the UK have already received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine.