Umbrella organization GGD GHOR expects to be able to administer AstraZeneca vaccines again to people under sixty from Friday if the Ministry of Health gives permission for this tomorrow. In any case, more than fifteen hundred planned injections appointments have been canceled for tomorrow.
Outgoing Minister of Health Hugo de Jonge expects that the effect of the partial injection break with the vaccine from AstraZeneca will be “relatively limited”. He thinks the mark of four million vaccines administered will still be reached in April. “All possible scenarios are anticipated”, says De Jonge. For example, preparations are already being made behind the scenes to be able to schedule appointments quickly next week.
Whether all appointments can take place on Friday depends on what the Ministry of Health will say tomorrow. Following the example of Germany, the Netherlands stopped the vaccination of people under the age of sixty with the AstraZeneca drug on Friday. Earlier that day, the Lareb side effects center reported that five people in the Netherlands developed thrombosis and a reduction in the number of platelets after a vaccination. One woman died after developing a blood clot in the lungs.
This afternoon, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) ruled that while the Astra-Zeneca vaccine may cause a very rare side effect of thrombosis and platelet deficiency, the benefit of the vaccine still outweighs the risks involved. entails.