The AstraZeneca vaccine will only be used in Germany for people over the age of 60, as 31 cases of blood clots have been reported, mostly in women under the age of 55, German authorities said.
Children under the age of 60 will be able to receive the vaccine only after consulting with the doctor who performs the vaccination, the ministers of health of the federal states and the federal minister announced, German media report.
Also, those who have already received the first dose of “AstraZeneca” have the choice to either receive the second dose or to wait for the recommendation of the German Vaccine Committee, which is scheduled for the end of April. The German health authorities are examining the possibility of whether those who received the first dose of “AstraZeneca” can receive the “Pfizer” vaccine as the second.
According to the health ministers, rare cases of severe cerebral venous thrombosis have been reported in younger people after receiving this vaccine.
When it comes to people over the age of 60, as explained, the risk of the consequences of Covid-19 is far higher than the one that represents a possible risk of blood clots after the vaccine.
So far, 2.7 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine have been used in Germany.
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