AstraZeneca vaccine fears: Berlin hospitals stop using jab for women under 55

Berlin’s state hospital groups Charite and Vivantes have stopped giving women under the age of 55 shots of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine, German daily Tagesspiegel reported on its website, citing a spokeswoman for the hospitals.

Some 19,000 people work at the Charite hospitals and 17,000 at Vivantes, which operates clinics as well as care homes.

Tagesspiegel said that around two thirds of staff at Charite have been vaccinated so far, and 70 percent of those workers have received one shot of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Since the majority of the people working in the clinics are women, numerous vaccinations are likely to be cancelled for the time being.

A total of 19,000 employees work at the Charité. And 17,000 work for the Vivantes Group, which also operates nursing homes in addition to clinics.

From the beginning of the year at the Charité and in the Vivantes clinics, nurses and doctors in Covid-19 wards were first vaccinated with the Biontech agent.

In the past few weeks, the staff on other wards, and most recently also those not working directly with patients, were vaccinated with AstraZeneca. In the coming weeks, students and individual patients at the Charité should have also been provided with Astrazeneca on request.

It is unclear whether those who have previously received the first dose of AstraZeneca will also receive the second dose of this preparation.

Other hospitals in the region are now also discussing who the British-Swedish manufacturer’s vaccine will be used for.

The stocks of the vaccines from Biontech and Moderna are significantly lower.

It was only on Monday that the Euskirchen district in North Rhine-Westphalia reported that corona vaccinations with AstraZeneca would be stopped for women under 55 years of age.

Two cases of thrombosis are to be examined there: A 47-year-old woman died after the vaccination.

The patient had developed a sinus vein thrombosis in the brain a few days after the vaccination.

Another resident also developed a thrombosis after being vaccinated and is currently being treated.

AstraZeneca’s vaccine is much less popular in Berlin than the Senate had hoped for. Hundreds of thousands who have access to a vaccination code [which is required to book a vaccination] apparently do not use this authorisation to get a vaccination appointment.

More to follow..

Additional reporting by Monika Pallenberg

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