The Health Council advises the cabinet to partially stop the AstraZeneca vaccine. Only people over 60 should still get that injection, the council reports Thursday evening. Younger people should receive a different corona vaccine. It is not yet certain whether the cabinet will follow this advice.
Outgoing Minister Hugo de Jonge (Public Health) will most likely already make a decision tonight. The decision of the Health Council is an urgent recommendation at the request of the Ministry of Health. Last Friday, the cabinet decided to temporarily stop vaccinating people under the age of sixty with the AstraZeneca vaccine.
This is because across Europe there have been reports of people (especially women under 60) who developed a rare combination of blood clots (thrombosis) and low platelet counts (thrombocytopenia) shortly after their vaccination. In the Netherlands, it concerned five such reports, out of a total of 400,000 vaccinated people.
People who have already had one AstraZeneca vaccination can still get their second shot as far as the Health Council is concerned.
Vaccination was also stopped earlier
It was already the second time that the cabinet halted vaccination with AstraZeneca to await further investigation. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) concluded on Wednesday that there is indeed likely a link between the vaccine and the clinical picture, but that this is very rare.
The EMA says the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the harms, and that the chance of dying from the coronavirus is greater than the chance of dying from the side effect. The Health Council therefore does not advise entirely in line with the EMA.