I agree with the overall point however it is not accurate to say that it is at the same level of occurrence as the general population, or at least it is misleading.
But here is something interesting - the following includes both CVT and PVT on both the AZ and mRNA vaccines like Pfizer - see from about 8.30:
A couple of comments:
1. The chance of getting blood clots is significantly higher than the vaccine if you get Covid. So if Covid is really raging where you are - get vaccinated, and you have actually reduced your risk of clots.
2. The incidence of CVT is about, in the general population, .41 in a million in a two week period. Oxford is 5 in a million; mRNA vaccines are 4.1 in a million. While treatable, it has about a 20% fatality rate. So yes, mRNA vaccines are better in this study - but only slightly so. The question then is, why is the mRNA vaccine recommend due to CVT? Others may know more about this - my suspicion is we have vaccinated mostly older age groups at the moment, and for younger people, the odds change - just a guess.
3. We also have PVT, which also has a horrid death rate of 18.8%. The comparison between the vaccines is 44 per million for Pfizer and just 1.6 per million for Az. That is markedly in favour of AZ.
The government reactions and the above data are not clearly linked IMHO. I will not comment on it, except more research is obviously urgently required, e.g. the data depending on age. If offered either, I would take the AZ based on the above. But I have to say you should always discuss it with your doctor first. And also, if Covid is raging where you are, like PNG or India, forget about the clots from the vaccine - it is much less than if you got Covid. Where that leaves me in Aus is interesting. It is eliminated but can come back at any time. Personally, I would keep doing what we are doing, where for some reason, we are slowly vaccinating but still producing 1 million doses a week - much more than is being used. CSL must store the rest - you need to store some for the second dose, but the difference between those made and used is much greater than that. A few weeks ago, I heard 2.8 million doses were in storage - probably more now. If it comes back, mass vaccinate like crazy using vaccination hubs, chemists, physiotherapists etc., with the vaccine in storage.
The following gives an interesting comparison on risks:
Notice it gives a rate of serious harm from the vaccine as 11 in a million for the young than 4 in a million over 55. I would like to see that compared to mRNA vaccines. But when PVT is taken into account, that 44 in a million chance still seems to favour the AZ .