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Stiko: AstraZeneca vaccine now recommended for people 65 and over

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The corona vaccine from the manufacturer AstraZeneca can now also be vaccinated for older people aged 65 and over. The statement from the Robert Koch Institute has just been published. “In view of the extraordinary situation and the large, understandable need for information of the population, the STIKO announces in advance – despite the statement procedure that is still required – that it decided yesterday to recommend vaccination with the AstraZeneca vaccine for all age groups, in accordance with the approval”, stands there.

The recommendation was ready yesterday, as the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported. The Federal Ministry of Health therefore confirmed the change in a statement. After the voting deadline within the Stiko on Thursday afternoon, the specialist societies and the federal states should be informed. The Stiko also recommends that the second dose of vaccine should not be inoculated until after three months and not, as previously recommended, after six weeks.

With this decision, the Corona Vaccination Ordinance of the Federal Ministry of Health should also be changed. Vaccination of older people could start accordingly in the next week. According to the FAZ, new studies are now available that show that the British-Swedish vaccine is highly effective and safe, even for people aged 65 and over.

In more and more federal states, people from priority groups 1 and 2 who are older than 65 are vaccinated. So far, they have not received any active ingredient from Astra-Zeneca, but have been vaccinated with Biontech or Moderna vaccines. These are scarce, while AstraZeneca’s doses are plentiful.

The vaccine was criticized in Germany. There had been reports of side effects and decreased effectiveness. Several cans were recently lying around unused. Stiko boss Thomas Mertens assured earlier this week that the AstraZeneca vaccine was “very good”. He is now “even better in the assessment thanks to the addition of new data”.

With material from dpa / jsk

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