The age limit for the AstraZeneca vaccine will be lowered from 56 years to 41 years. This is announced by Flemish Minister of Welfare Wouter Beke (CD&V) after the consultation of the Interministerial Conference on Public Health (IMC).
Belgium, like several other European countries, had reserved the AstraZeneca vaccine only for older people and put the minimum age at 56 years on April 7. That decision came after the European Medicines Authority EMA determined that there is a “possible link” between the AstraZeneca vaccine and “very rare cases of unusual blood clots, especially in young people. But now in Belgium that minimum age is lowered from 56 to 41 years.
Johnson & Johnson
The green light was also given for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, developed by subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceutica. The IMC does not set an age limit there. Even after the vaccination with the J&J vaccine, a few rare cases of thrombosis surfaced internationally, but the risks are estimated to be very minimal by the Belgian authorities.