The National Vaccination Committee is directing the ban on vaccinations with the AstraZeneca vaccine to citizens under 60 years of age.
Secure information indicates that there is currently a Commission recommendation and not a ban. It is not ruled out that there will be announcements on the subject this afternoon at the Ministry of Health, by the chair of the Committee, Professor of Pediatrics, Maria Theodoridou.
The members of the Committee are expected to meet tomorrow, Tuesday, as every week. In our country so far, citizens over 30 years of age are vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine.
It should be noted that seven cases of thromboembolic events have been recorded in Greece, three of which were fatal.
It is recalled that yesterday, Sunday, the head of the EMA pandemic action team said that states should avoid giving the AstraZeneca vaccine to citizens under 60 years of age.
“In the context of the pandemic, our position has been and is that the benefits outweigh the risks for all age groups,” COVID-19 task force leader Marco Cavaleri told the Italian newspaper La Stampa.
However, as the number of COVID-19 cases decreases and given that the younger population is less exposed to the risks associated with COVID-19, Cavaleri said it would be better to use COVID-19 mRNA vaccines such as those of COVID-19. Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech.
Asked if health authorities should avoid giving the Astrazeneca vaccine to people under the age of 60, Cavaleri said: “Yes, and many countries, such as France and Germany, are considering it in light of the greater availability of mRNA vaccines.” .
The European Medicines Agency has announced for months that it considers the vaccine safe for all age groups, however, some EU member states. have stopped giving it to young people and usually give it to citizens over 50 years old.
whether the restriction of its use will be extended is expected to be done during the afternoon briefing by the Ministry of Health, when the question will be answered what will happen to those who have given the first dose of this vaccine and are waiting for the second.