Chris Inquires About Links Between Vaccines And Long Covid
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the number of cases of long covid potentially attributable to covid-19 vaccines; for what reason a diagnosis code for such a condition has not been established; and how many patients are being treated with such a condition.
Maria Caulfield The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade) (Minister for Women)
No specific estimate has been made. The Department commissions research through the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). The NIHR is supporting research into the safety of COVID-19 vaccinations and has invested £50 million in research into the long term effects of the virus. The Government has allocated £1.6 million for a programme to understand the rare condition of blood clotting with low platelets following vaccination for COVID-19. However, there is no suggestion at this time that persistent long term symptoms of COVID-19 result from vaccination, as long term symptoms are associated with having contracted the virus. The information requested on the number of people being treated is not collected centrally.
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