15 April 2021
The Royal College of Radiologists supports the guidelines on the management of patients presenting to emergency departments with possible COVID-19 vaccine induced thrombosis and thrombocytopenia (PDF). The guidelines have been issued under the auspices of The Royal College of Emergency Medicine, Royal College of Physicians and The Society for Acute Medicine.
Guidance regarding neuroimaging included in the document was provided by The British Society of Neuroradiologists and we are most grateful for their input. The guidelines outline a practical pathway for the assessment and investigation of such patients, and the College is pleased to commend them to its Fellows and members.
7 December 2020
The RCR strongly supports the UK government coronavirus vaccination programme. We encourage all Fellows and members to be vaccinated as soon as a vaccine is available for staff in your area. Please encourage your clinical teams, patients and members of the public to be vaccinated.
This is a rapidly changing field so please see the latest information about the government COVID-19 vaccination programme and other useful links such as:
- The Public Health England (PHE) guide for healthcare professionals about the vaccination programme
- The Green Book – a PHE guide to vaccines and vaccinations. A new chapter on COVID-19 contains information on the Pfizer and Oxford/AZ vaccines. This includes data on efficacy and safety.
- Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency information about the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, inlcuding the Summary of Product Characteristics and information for UK vaccine recipients.
People who are immunosuppressed, including those having anti-cancer therapies (chemotherapy, immunotherapy etc.) may not make a full antibody response to the vaccines which therefore might be less effective. They should therefore continue to follow advice to avoid exposure unless they are advised otherwise by their doctor. The Pfizer and Oxford/AZ vaccines are safe to administer to people who are immunosuppressed (see the Green Book p13)
Please note, links from the RCR website to external websites and material are provided for information only and do not constitute endorsement or approval. The RCR is not responsible for the accuracy, legality or content of any external sources referenced on this website.