The Netherlands will stop vaccination of people under the age of 60 with the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine because of health risks, the caretaker health minister, Hugo de Jongge, said Thursday night.
The minister’s decision is in line with the recommendations of the National Health Council Gezondheidsraad, who rushed to give advice after the European Medical Agency’s views were announced on Wednesday.
De Jonge said the decision was made following reports of eight cases of thrombosis in young women vaccinated with AstraZeneca. One woman has died.
Nonetheless, the EMA said on Wednesday that a rare form of thrombosis may be associated with the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine, but the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the drawbacks.
Nevertheless, the Health Council recommended that people under the age of 60 not use the vaccine because of the high risk of side effects. Germany, Italy and Spain have made similar decisions, the Ministry of Health said.
The impact of the decision on the Dutch vaccination program has not yet been resolved, but the Netherlands will stick to the already agreed vaccination order, De Jongge said.
“I still have all people over the age of 60 and people in dangerous health first vaccinated by mid-May, and everyone who wants to be vaccinated at least once at the beginning of July. We aim to ensure that we are vaccinated.’Dejonge said.
The EMA said Wednesday that abnormal platelet-poor thrombosis should be listed as a very rare side effect of Vaxzevria, as the AstraZeneca vaccine is currently known.
The EMA said it reached this conclusion after reviewing “all currently available evidence, including advice from a group of ad hoc experts.” In total, EMA experts investigated 86 cases across Europe, 18 of which were fatal. To date, approximately 34 million people in Europe have been vaccinated with AstraZeneca products.
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The Netherlands will stop using AstraZeneca jabs under the age of 60
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