As of March 30, 2021 10:11 p.m.
The federal government will follow the changed STIKO age recommendation for AstraZeneca. Chancellor Merkel said trust in the vaccines is important – even if the decision throws back the vaccination campaign.
Chancellor Angela Merkel justified the new age restrictions for the AstraZeneca preparation with a view to the confidence in the corona vaccinations. “Trust arises from the knowledge that every suspicion and every individual case will be investigated,” said Merkel after consultations with the state premiers. According to a corresponding assessment by the Standing Vaccination Commission (STIKO), reports of abnormalities are very rare, but cannot be ignored.
The decision also had consequences for the entire vaccination campaign: there had to be changes to delivery schedules, and the federal, state and local governments now wanted to clarify the necessary changes together with the greater involvement of the practices. The logistics also have to be adjusted. It is therefore very fortunate that several different vaccines are available, said Merkel. The pandemic can be overcome step by step with ever larger deliveries.
Press conference: Merkel and Spahn on the suspension of AstraZeneca vaccinations for under 60-year-olds
tagesschau24 9:00 p.m., March 30, 2021
Changes from tomorrow
Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn said the changes in the age recommendation will come into force on Wednesday. One of the consequences of this would be that the age cohort of 60 to 69-year-olds could already be vaccinated with it, even if it was actually not their turn after the prioritization. “Protecting the elders in this growing third wave is important.” He therefore asked you to accept the existing vaccination offer. The vaccine from AstraZeneca is “very effective, especially with the elderly,” says Spahn.
It is “without question a setback” if it turns out that a vaccine carries an increased risk for a certain age group. The vaccine can, however, continue to be used in people under 60. However, this should be done “at the discretion of the doctor and with an individual risk analysis after careful clarification”.
Lashes for more flexibility
CDU party leader Armin Laschet still believes that many people will be vaccinated with AstraZeneca. In the daily topics he said: “Our feeling in North Rhine-Westphalia is: Many people say there is a minimal risk, but my concern about a corona infection is greater – I get vaccinated.” At the same time, you have to be more flexible when it comes to approvals, for example if younger people decide in favor of the vaccine after medical advice.
Armin Laschet, CDU, Prime Minister North Rhine-Westphalia, on the suspension of the AstraZeneca vaccine
Topics of the day 10:20 p.m., March 30, 2021
31 cases of thrombosis
The reason for the changes is a rare but serious side effect of the vaccine: cerebral vein thrombosis occurred in a number of cases, especially in younger women. There are 31 cases, nine of which were fatal. Experts assume a causal connection.
The STIKO had therefore adjusted its age recommendation. The federal and state health ministers also agreed to this and decided to only use AstraZeneca for people aged 60 and over.