The Paul Ehrlich Institute (PEI) announced that so far, 42 cases of rare blood clots have been reported after the AstraZeneca covid-19 vaccine in Germany.
As of April 2, Germany has recorded 42 very rare cases of cerebral venous thrombosis, of which 23 cases developed thrombocytopenia, that is, the number of platelets in the blood decreased.
The most affected are women between the ages of 20 and 63, with the exception of seven cases. However, according to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) responsible for disease control, more women are also vaccinated with AstraZeneca. According to reports, men between the ages of 24 and 58 have thrombosis.
According to the PEI responsible for vaccine safety in Langen near Frankfurt, of the eight dead, five were women and three were men.
Among women between the ages of 20 and 59, more cases have been observed than expected. Germany currently provides vaccines to people over 60 years of age.
After Pfizer and BioNTech vaccinations, three women aged 34 to 81 and four men aged 81 to 86 reported 7 cases of venous sinus thrombosis. There are no reports of thrombocytopenia.
Considering the dose of vaccination, there are no more cases of thrombosis reported than the normal expected number of cases.
The institute said: “However, doctors and other health care professionals should be extra careful when seeing the signs and symptoms of thromboembolism and thrombocytopenia.”
If the vaccinated person develops symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain, leg swelling or persistent abdominal pain, they should seek medical attention immediately.
The same applies to neurological symptoms such as severe or persistent headaches, blurred vision or spots. There is no data on any risks associated with the second dose of the vaccine.
As of April 2, Germany had received approximately 14.38 million doses of vaccine.
The institute has learned that 407 people between the ages of 24 and 102 died “at different intervals after vaccination.” The interval is between 1 hour and 40 days.
In most cases, the patient has had one or more diseases before, which is probably the cause of death. In some cases, further information is required.