A few MPs have rasied their concerns about the possible side effects of the covid vaccines, including data which shows a correlation with increased levels of cardiovascular problems.
However, speaking during a Westminster Hall debate in parliament, health minister Dr Caroline Johnson said the UK government was not planning to open an inquiry solely into the safety of the covid vaccines.
She added that the jabs will be reviewed as part of the wider UK Covid-19 inquiry, while insisting that they are safe and encouraging those who are eligible to come forward for autumn boosters.
She even claimed that: “There is no evidence that people are at an increased risk of cardiac arrest in the days and weeks following the vaccine, and the risk of getting myocarditis or pericarditis after the vaccine remains very low.”
The debate was held in response to a petition calling for a public inquiry into Covid vaccine safety which has been signed more than 107,000 times.
Sky News repots: The NHS website says “reports of serious side effects are very rare” and the “COVID-19 vaccines approved for use in the UK have met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness”.
Scottish National Party MP Steven Bonnar said the vaccine programme saved “millions of lives”, adding almost 28,000 of those were in Scotland.
But he added: “Despite this, there has been a significant increase in heart attacks and other related illnesses since the COVID-19 vaccinations started to be distributed in 2021.
“To determine if there is any potential connection with the COVID-19 (vaccine) rollout, I believe this government must conduct an immediate and complete scientific investigation and ensure that the prescribed medical interventions of its response to coronavirus are indeed safe.”
But Mr Bonnar also said he would take his booster when called, and said people can “safely receive” their flu and COVID jabs at the same time as part of the autumn booster plan, saying they have been shown to be effective and “acceptably safe”.
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