Germany will now also use the AstraZeneca vaccine to vaccinate people under the age of 60. According to Minister Spahn for Health, it is important to vaccinate as many people as possible as soon as possible.
This is a policy change, because so far only 60 people over the age of 60 have been vaccinated with AstraZeneca. This was because some patients under 60 who had been vaccinated with AstraZeneca experienced thrombosis in combination with insufficient platelets.
More pragmatic and flexible
The Germans have now decided that it is important to be more pragmatic and flexible in their vaccination strategy. That also means that the time between the two pricks is going to change.
That time was twelve weeks, but from now on the second prick can also be given faster. A number of Länder had already implemented the measures announced on their own.
In Germany, the vaccination started laboriously, but the speed is now quite well done. Over 30 percent of adults have received a shot and 8.6% have been fully vaccinated.
Many countries, including the Netherlands, decided in March to limit or stop the use of AstraZeneca altogether because of the extremely rare risk of blood clots. Many countries have returned from that, but the Netherlands have not yet.