STIKO on vaccine: Age recommendation for AstraZeneca changed


As of March 30, 2021 6:38 p.m.

The Federal Government’s Standing Vaccination Commission recommends the AstraZeneca vaccine only for people aged 60 and over. This is due to several cases of thoracic vein thrombosis that occurred after vaccinations.

The Standing Vaccination Commission (STIKO) temporarily recommends that the Astrazeneca corona vaccine in Germany only be used in people over 60 years of age. This is announced by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). As the experts explained, the recommendation has been changed “on the basis of the currently available data on the occurrence of rare but very severe thromboembolic side effects” in younger people who have been vaccinated. Specifically, it concerns 31 cases of cerebral vein thrombosis, which last occurred in connection with vaccinations, mainly in women under 55.

Second dose with BioNTech?

The STIKO intends to make a supplementary recommendation by the end of April for the administration of the second dose to people under the age of 60 who have already received a first vaccination with AstraZeneca. Until then, studies should be evaluated as to whether a second vaccination is also possible with an mRNA vaccine such as from BioNTech.

Anja Martini, science editor NDR, on the suspension of AstraZeneca vaccinations for people under 60

tagesschau24 2 p.m., March 30, 2021

Previously, the federal states of North Rhine-Westphalia, Berlin and Brandenburg had temporarily suspended vaccinations with AstraZeneca for under 60-year-olds. The city of Munich also decided to stop.

According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) vaccination rate monitoring system, around 2.7 million first doses and 767 second doses have been vaccinated by AstraZeneca so far.

Bund-Länder consultations in the evening

In the evening, Chancellor Angela Merkel and Health Minister Jens Spahn wanted to discuss how to deal with the vaccine with the Prime Ministers of the federal states. The Federal Press Office announced a press conference – following an “information meeting with the heads of government of the federal states on the further use of the AstraZeneca vaccine”.

Berlin suspends vaccination of under-60s with AstraZeneca

Thorsten Gabriel, ARD Berlin, March 30, 2021 2:35 p.m.

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