AstraZeneca vaccinations in the StädteRegion Aachen vaccination centre continue
As of today, Friday 19 March, the vaccinations are to start again. The Bund , the Länder and the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut – PEI – have agreed on this, as announced by Gesundheitsminister (Minister of Health) Jens Spahn at a press conference yesterday evening. As a result, AstraZeneca vaccinations can take place again in the StädteRegion Aachen vaccination centre.
"Everyone who has an appointment for tomorrow [Friday, 19 March] is cordially invited to keep it.",
says Dr. Michael Ziemons the städteregionale Gesundheitsdezernent (city region’s health department head), following yesterday's decision by the European Medicines Agency – EMA. This also applies to the coming days.
"Anyone who would have had an appointment on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday can simply come for vaccination at the agreed time in the coming week. We will write again to all those who had made an appointment and explain the procedure by email. Those who cannot or do not want to keep their appointment in the coming week will be asked to cancel or reschedule.",
AstraZeneca's corona vaccine is safe according to the EMA. There are currently no indications that the vaccine poses a generally increased risk of blood clots, stated the authority. The Bundesregierung had suspended the AstraZeneca vaccinations a week ago as a precautionary measure based on a recommendation by the PEI, after rare cerebral vein thromboses had occurred in a few cases. Those to be vaccinated will be informed about the EMA’s latest findings and advice, as well as the possible risks and side effects of vaccination with the AstraZeneca vaccine. For this purpose, the information leaflet on AstraZeneca's vector vaccine will be revised quickly. Until the new information leaflet is available, the respective doctor is to make a handwritten note on the sheet.
AstraZeneca has so far been available for those vaccinations in the integration assistance and occupational groups (e.g. school and childcare care centre employees or employees in nursing services, etc.).