Weighing risks of AstraZeneca

Sir, – It seems that a small number of inexplicable clots are preventing the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine. If people feel concerned about the dangers of clotting they might consider the effect of almost a year of lockdown which has promoted, through fear and restrictions, an imposed sedentary insular lifestyle that will lead to many clots occurring, especially in the confined and fearful elderly population.

With the best will in the world, success in dealing with Covid-19 might only mean dying of other things.

Yours, etc,



Dublin 24.

Sir, – Am I correct in assuming that the over cautious suspension of the AstraZeneca vaccine has more to do with our Government’s fear of litigation by an over-litigious country such as ours, than of medical science? – Yours, etc, MARION WALSH, Donnybrook, Dublin 4.

Sir, – Suspending the AstraZeneca vaccine is akin to preventing an ambulance taking a patient to hospital on the grounds that the ambulance could be involved in an accident en route.

Yours, etc, JOHN FAGAN, Killiney, Co Dublin.