Alison Hammond has said she ‘doesn’t want to die’ as she shared her concerns about receiving the Covid-19 vaccine on This Morning.
The presenter previously revealed that she is ‘wary’ about giving her child the coronavirus vaccine, despite saying that she’d be willing to get it herself.
However, she revisited the issue on Monday’s show with co-presenter Dermot O’Leary, saying that she was worried about the effect of extremely rare blood clots.
On the NHS website, it stresses that the vaccine is ‘safe and effective’ and that ‘it gives you the best protection against Covid-19’.
It was previously revealed that the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid vaccine has been linked to 79 cases of blood clots and 19 deaths out of the 20 million people who have been given the jab across the UK – giving a risk of about four in one million of developing a blood clot, and one in a million of dying.
To put the coronavirus vaccine blood clot risk into perspective, there is more chance of women having a blood clot by just taking a contraceptive pill every day.
Alison previously shared her fears with Dermot (Picture: ITV)
Speaking on This Morning, Alison talked to coronavirus specialist Professor Tim Spector about her concerns.
‘I’m so worried about the vaccine myself because I really don’t want to get a blood clot, because I’m really enjoying this job and everything it’s absolutely amazing,’ she said.
‘That’s a rational fear,’ Dermot said.
‘If I’m really worried about myself I’m even more worried about my son. Can you guarantee he won’t get ill if he takes the vaccine?,’ she asked the professor. ‘Our children are the most precious things in the world, I just don’t want him to get ill from taking the vaccine.’
Professor Tim stressed that the risk of getting Covid was far greater than any risk of getting a blood clot from the vaccine, which is around ‘1 in 300,000’.
The presenter spoke to Professor Tim Spector about her worries (Picture: Rex Features)
It comes after scientists in Germany claim to have figured out the cause of rare blood clots linked to the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson jabs.
The experts explained the clots were caused by ‘floating mutant proteins’ and say they know how to stop it happening. Their theory is that the clots occur because the vaccine sends the spike protein directly into the cell nucleus.
The UK’s rapid vaccine rollout has so far seen just under 40 million first doses and 25 million second doses administered.
The rollout has been entirely voluntary with a high level of take-up among Brits, despite some anti-vaccine and vaccine hesitancy.
This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV.