In an effort to get people vaccinated faster, local authorities in four German states have lifted the age limits for the AstraZeneca vaccine. At the federal level, it is only given to older people due to medical problems.
The British-Swedish company’s Covid-19 vaccine has been made available to all age groups over 18 in Bavaria, Berlin, Mecklenburg-West Pomerania and Saxony. Consultation with a doctor is required before getting the injection to discuss the risks involved. There have been concerns that the vaccine may cause blood clotting, so elsewhere in Germany, it is only given to people over the age of 60, for whom Covid-19 poses a higher risk.
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After announcing the cancellation of the strict priority risk on Thursday, Berlin officials said they were “react to the current epidemiological situation with this decision. “
“During the current wave of infections it is important to vaccinate as many people as possible, as soon as possible“Said Berlin Health Senator Dilek Kalayci. He admitted the move was made despite the vaccine.”it requires a lot of education.”
Earlier this week, health authorities in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania also said they were lifting the age priority restrictions set by the German Central Immunization Commission, so as not to waste AstraZeneca doses.
Likewise, in Bavaria and Saxony, all adults can have the AstraZeneca jab.
The EU has certified several Western-made vaccines, including BioNTech / Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca, for use. The latter was criticized by EU officials for both delays in supply that slowed immunization campaigns, and for the potential medical risks of the vaccine, which led to the introduction of age limits. The EU announced this week that it has no plans to purchase another AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.
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