Brandenburg also suspended the vaccinations for under 60-year-olds on Tuesday, Brandenburg doctors confirmed reports. According to the “Süddeutscher Zeitung”, the city of Munich followed suit shortly afterwards.
And nationwide, according to Tagesspiegel information, there is a change in the age recommendation for the Astrazeneca vaccine. The preparation is only expected to be recommended for people over 60 years of age. This emerges from a draft resolution of the Standing Vaccination Commission (Stiko), which was circulated on Tuesday.
According to the draft, based on the current data situation, the Stiko “as a rule” recommends vaccination with Astrazeneca “only people aged> 60 years”. The use below this age limit “remains possible at the medical discretion and after careful clarification of the individual risk acceptance,” the draft decision goes on to say.
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The background to the discussions is cerebral vein thrombosis, which most recently occurred in connection with vaccinations, mainly in women under 55. The draft resolution states: “Although significantly more women were affected, the Stiko restricts its recommendation for both sexes as a precautionary measure.”
Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) will be discussing with the Prime Ministers of the federal states at short notice on Tuesday about the further course of action in connection with the Astrazeneca corona vaccine. The Federal Press Office announced a press conference in the afternoon for the evening
Söder: “Anyone who dares should also have the opportunity”
Federal Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) wants to make his country colleagues a suggestion on how to proceed, as his department announced in Berlin. The deliberations are to begin at 6 p.m.
The SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach calls for the Astrazeneca vaccinations for all people under 55 years of age in Germany to be put to the test. “Based on the available data, it should be checked again to limit the vaccination with Astrazeneca to people over 55 years of age for the time being,” Lauterbach told the Rheinische Post.
Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder In view of the turmoil around Astrazeneca (CSU) has proposed to completely dissolve the vaccination sequence for the vaccine. “At some point at Astrazeneca you will have to operate with a lot of freedom and have to say: Whoever wants and who dares, should also have the opportunity,” said Söder on Tuesday in Munich.
Astrazeneca does not work as most would have hoped, said Söder. “At Astrazeneca we can expect some new problem every day. And you can honestly feel that in the perception outside, ”he emphasized.
In the morning already had Berlin’s state-owned clinics the vaccinations with the Astrazeneca preparation for women under the age of 55 were suspended, at noon it was then decided: to join the country’s stop for all under 60-year-olds. “Although there were no complications in the Charité after vaccinations with Astrazeneca, the Charité wants to act as a precaution and wait for final evaluations,” said the university clinic.
Thousands of employees in both the Charité and Vivantes hospitals have already received the first dose of Astrazeneca. Since the majority of the clinics are women, many vaccinations are likely to be canceled for the time being.
A total of 19,000 employees work at the Charité. There are 17,000 in the Vivantes Group, which also operates nursing homes in addition to clinics. According to Tagesspiegel information, two thirds of the employees at the Charité are vaccinated, 70 percent of them with the Astrazeneca agent.
From the turn of the year at the Charité and in the Vivantes clinics, nurses and doctors in Covid-19 wards were first vaccinated with the Biontech agent. In the past few weeks, the staff at other wards, and most recently also those remote from the patient, were vaccinated with Astrazeneca. Next week, individual patients and also students at the Charité should be supplied with Astrazeneca.
Other Berlin clinics also advise on Astrazeneca use
It is unclear whether those who have previously received the first dose of Astrazeneca will also receive the second dose of this preparation.
Other hospitals are now also discussing for whom the British-Swedish manufacturer’s vaccine should be used in the future. The stocks of the vaccines from Biontech and Moderna are significantly lower.
It was not until Monday that the Euskirchen district in North Rhine-Westphalia reported that corona vaccinations with Astrazeneca would be stopped for women under 55 years of age. First of all, two cases of thrombosis are to be examined there: A 47-year-old woman died after the vaccination.
The patient had developed a sinus vein thrombosis in the brain a few days after the vaccination. Another resident also developed a thrombosis after the vaccination and is currently being treated. The Rostock University Hospital also stopped vaccinations with Astrazeneca for risk groups a few days ago.
On Tuesday, five university clinics in North Rhine-Westphalia recommended a vaccination stop with the vaccine for younger women. The risk of further deaths is too high.
In mid-March, the governments of numerous countries stopped vaccinations with the Astrazeneca preparation. After the vaccination, it is suspected, cases of special thromboses, i.e. blood clots, were reported in the brain. It is controversial whether the thrombosis cases are directly related to the vaccination.
According to current data from the Paul Ehrlich Institute (PEI), which collects cases of side effects with the corona vaccines, 31 cases of brain thrombosis have so far occurred in around 2.7 million Astrazeneca vaccinations that could be related. 29 in women. 9 people died.
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Astrazeneca’s vaccine is much less popular in Berlin than the Senate had hoped for. Hundreds of thousands who have access to a vaccination code apparently do not use this authorization to make a vaccination appointment.
Astrazeneca stop also at the Berlin police
The Berlin police had already suspended the vaccinations with Astrazeneca last week. This emerges from a letter to the 25,000 employees that is available to the Tagesspiegel.
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In the letter from last Wednesday on how to deal with the warning from the European Medicines Agency “for younger women with regard to Astrazeneca”, it says: “For the time being, no new official vaccination code will be issued.”
Police officers who have already received the first vaccination with Astrazeneca could decide “whether to take full protection from the second vaccination or to forego it for personal reasons”.
The authorities say that there are other reasons for the vaccination freeze. According to this, the police management wants to avoid that officers report more and more sick after a vaccination with Astrazeneca – even with the smallest vaccination reaction.
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