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Schleswig-Holstein is suspending vaccinations with AstraZeneca for people under 60 years of age. After serious side effects became known, the Standing Vaccination Commission (STIKO) changed its recommendation - again.
Vaccinations with the AstraZeneca vaccine against the coronavirus have been stopped for the time being for people under 60 years of age in Schleswig-Holstein. The Ministry of Health announced on Tuesday evening. From March 31, the vaccine will only be used in people aged 60 and over who are eligible to vaccinate, according to a ministry spokesman. All citizens who have booked AstraZeneca appointments by April 11th will receive an email. According to the ministry, this will state that 60-year-olds and older people can keep their appointment as planned.
Younger people who are eligible to vaccinate will also keep their original AstraZeneca appointment, but will be vaccinated on this date with an mRNA vaccine from Biontech or Moderna. "Now we are even more dependent than ever on the fact that the manufacturers actually deliver on time in the announced quantities and at the announced delivery time. The delivery announcements are very promising. That is why we in Schleswig-Holstein decided to keep all the vaccination appointments that were booked for the time being and to substitute the vaccine for those under 60 ", said Health Minister Heiner Garg (FDP).
Second vaccinations? Ministry wants to await recommendation
How things will continue from April 12th will be checked, according to the Ministry of Health. According to its own statements, the ministry wants to provide "prompt" information on how things will continue with the upcoming second vaccination appointments - especially for people who are 59 years old and younger and who have already been vaccinated with AstraZeneca. In this regard, it will primarily depend on the recommendation made by the responsible national authorities and specialist bodies for a second vaccination, said a ministry spokesman.
Merkel and Spahn call for advice at short notice
Before the decision of Schleswig-Holstein, Chancellor Angela Merkel and Health Minister Jens Spahn (both CDU) had consulted with the heads of government of the federal states about the further course of action in connection with the AstraZeneca corona vaccine. The states of North Rhine-Westphalia, Berlin and Brandenburg had already suspended vaccinations with the vaccine for people under 60 years of age until further notice. The reason for this was the discovery of further thrombosis cases in connection with the vaccine, which, according to the European Medicines Agency (EMA), has officially been named Vaxzevria since March 25.
STIKO recommendation "based on currently available data"
The Standing Vaccination Commission (STIKO) has changed its recommendation for the AstraZeneca vaccine and now only recommends it for people aged 60 and over. The recommendation was changed "on the basis of the currently available data on the occurrence of rare but very serious side effects" in younger vaccinated people, according to the commission, which is based at the Robert Koch Institute. The side effects concern abnormalities with cases of blood clots (thromboses) in cerebral veins in a temporal context to vaccinations, which were reported mainly in younger women. The STIKO recommendations are used by the federal and state governments for their vaccination recommendations.
Cerebral vein thrombosis: Nine victims died
The Paul Ehrlich Institute, the Federal Institute for Vaccines, has now registered 31 cases of cerebral vein thrombosis after an AstraZeneca vaccination. Nine people affected died. With the exception of two cases, women between the ages of 20 and 63 were affected. According to the Robert Koch Institute, 2.7 million first doses have been vaccinated in Germany so far.
Interim stop of the AstraZeneca vaccinations in mid-March
The corona vaccinations with the vaccine from the AstraZeneca group were stopped for several days across Germany in mid-March after several cases of cerebral vein thrombosis became known. After analyzes, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) confirmed the safety of the preparation three days later. Schleswig-Holstein also resumed vaccinations with the vaccine. Even then, Health Minister Heiner Garg (FDP) declared that it would be difficult to rebuild the population's trust in the vaccine.
The vaccine was initially only approved for those under 65
After vaccinations with the AstraZeneca vaccine, there were comparatively many reports of side effects at the time. In addition, the vaccine was initially only approved for under 65-year-olds. The STIKO later changed its mind on this. "Pretty much everything went wrong that could be messed about in terms of communication," said Garg in mid-March. The AstraZeneca vaccinations then started well again, the Ministry of Health in Schleswig-Holstein hardly reported any cancellations of the appointments.
AstraZeneca was previously an important vaccination component in SH
As of Tuesday (March 30th), AstraZeneca was, alongside Biontech, one of the two vaccine manufacturers whose products were expected in large quantities in Schleswig-Holstein. According to current plans, the company should deliver almost 195,000 doses by the end of March - despite several cuts that would be a little more than a quarter of all vaccine doses delivered to date. AstraZeneca's vaccine should also remain an important component of the vaccination campaign in the north. How things will go on in this regard was initially unclear on Tuesday evening.
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NDR 1 Welle Nord | News for Schleswig-Holstein | 03/30/2021 | 22:00 O'clock
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