Sumary of Spain will now not administer the AstraZeneca vaccine to under 60s:
- Spain, alongside other EU states, announced on Wednesday evening that it would now be administering the AstraZeneca vaccine against Covid-19 only to citizens aged over 60 after the European Medicines Agency (EMA) said that ‘unusual blood clots with low blood platelets should be listed as very rare side effects’ of the jab..
- Last week Germany and France limited the vaccine to elderly groups, and earlier on Wednesday the UK authorities recommended that the vaccine should not be given to adults under 30..
- ‘We will continue to administer the AstraZeneca vaccine, but from the age of 60,’ the Spanish Health Minister Carolina Darias told a press conference, as the country joined several other nations that have taken similar measures..
- While waiting for the update from the EMA, the Spanish region of Castilla y León had already suspended AstraZeneca vaccines as a precaution..
- On 18 March, the EMA had published conclusions stating that there is ‘clear scientific’ evidence the vaccine is ‘safe and effective’ and that its benefits outweigh its risks..
- Spain had then started to administer the AstraZeneca vaccine again on all age groups from Wednesday 24 March, following the EMA conclusions, after having paused the use of the vaccine during several days….