Germany Suspends The Routine Use of COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca For People Below The Age Of 60

Germany will deploy AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine for general use only for people above the age of 60. The Government made an announcement on 30 March.

Aditi Sharma

April 1, 2021

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Germany has suspended the use of the coronavirus vaccine created by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford for people below the age of 60. This was due to renewed concerns over reports of blood clots. The decision was taken by the Health Minister after the country’s medicines regulator found 31 cases of a rare type of blood clot in a small number of people immunised with the coronavirus vaccine produced by the Anglo-Swedish drugmaker.

The Ministers of Germany’s 16 states as well as the federal health minister in a policy statement said, “Under-60s can still decide to take the vaccine but only following consultation with the doctor carrying out the vaccination … and with an individual risk analysis”.  Chancellor Angela Merkel informed that the experts have recorded very rare but very serious cases of thrombosis in people vaccinated with AstraZeneca in recent weeks. She added that these are findings that Germany’s vaccine commission and finally the Government cannot ignore.

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On 30th March, Germany’s vaccine commission known as STIKO recommended that use of the jabs be halted for under-60s because of currently available data on the occurrence of rare but very severe thromboembolic side effects in the people who are under-60 and vaccinated by AstraZeneca. There has been no recommendation for the people who are vaccinated with the first dose of the vaccine. However, ministers said people who are due for their second jab can either choose to take it if cleared by their attending doctor, or they can opt to wait for the commission to make its recommendation.

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Meanwhile, European countries have observed an upsurge in the Coronavirus cases. Germany has decided to impose strict restrictions at the border check. The nation has also imposed strict travel restrictions. Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said, “it doesn’t matter where you come from Poland, France or Denmark everyone should expect to be checked”.

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