The Presidential Palace said that German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier was vaccinated against the coronavirus by AstraZeneca on Thursday.
“I have full confidence in the vaccine approved by Germany,” Steinmeier said after the vaccination. At the same time, he called on German citizens to seize every opportunity for vaccination.
65-year-old Steinmeier said: “The vaccination is a decisive step towards a pandemic.”
On Tuesday, due to cases of cerebral thrombosis in young people receiving this vaccine, the German authorities decided to use AstraZeneca only in people over 60 years old until further notice.
After consulting a family doctor, children under 60 can still be vaccinated.
After the city of Berlin offered AstraZeneca vaccinations to citizens between 60 and 70 years old who had not yet planned to be vaccinated, Minister of Health Jens Spahn also recommended that colleagues over 60 years of age be vaccinated at a cabinet meeting.
At the same time, Spahn welcomed the German President AstraZenec’s vaccination.
Spann said: “The German president is therefore protecting himself and setting an example for others.” He also explained that he will receive AstraZeneca’s vaccination.
After some hospitals and the cities of Berlin and Munich stopped vaccinating Berlin’s children under the age of 60 with the AstraZeneca vaccine, the vaccine has generated strong interest in citizens over 60.
The Berlin Health Senate said: “At present, people are very interested in using AstraZeneca for vaccination. At the same time, emergency calls are completely overloaded.”
It is not yet known whether the German Chancellor said on Tuesday that she will receive the AstraZeneca vaccination, and whether she also participated voluntarily because she meets the age requirement for vaccination in Berlin.