Germany will now also use the AstraZeneca vaccine to vaccinate people under 60 years of age. According to Health Minister Spahn, it is important to vaccinate more people as soon as possible.
This is a policy change, because so far, only people over the age of 60 have been vaccinated with AstraZeneca. This is because some patients under the age of 60 who have received AstraZeneca vaccination have thrombosis associated with too few platelets.
More pragmatic and flexible
The Germans have now decided that it is important to be more pragmatic and flexible in vaccination strategies. This also means that the time between two injections will change.
That time is twelve weeks, but from now on, the second injection can also be performed faster. Many federal states have independently implemented the announced measures.
In Germany, vaccination started slowly, but now it is gaining momentum. Now more than 30% of adults have been vaccinated, and 8.6% have been fully vaccinated.
Many countries, including the Netherlands, decided in March to restrict the use of AstraZeneca or stop using AstraZeneca altogether, because there is very little risk of blood clots. Many countries have returned from it, but the Netherlands has not yet.