The EMA recommends Astrazeneca’s vaccine without restriction for all ages. In Germany, the vaccine will initially only be used in people over the age of 60. Meanwhile, Offenbach will close all daycare centers from Monday.
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) unreservedly recommends vaccination with the Astrazeneca vaccine. As the EMA announced on Wednesday, the vaccine’s benefits in protecting against coronavirus disease are far greater than the risk of a blood clot. Although the cases of thrombosis that have occurred to date have mainly affected women under the age of 60, the EMA does not impose any age or gender restrictions. Because different groups of people are vaccinated in the individual EU countries, neither age nor gender can be identified as a risk factor for blood clots.
As the EMA emphasized several times on Wednesday, the risk of a blood clot from vaccination with Astrazeneca is very low. This should now also be listed in the side effects of the vaccine. Even so, the drug agency recommends being vigilant for symptoms of possible side effects for the first two weeks after vaccination. Anyone who has chest pain, shortness of breath, swollen legs, persistent abdominal pain, headache, blurred vision, or small spots of blood under the skin outside the injection site should contact a doctor after vaccination. In Germany, vaccination with Astrazeneca remains limited to people over the age of 60 for the time being. As the ZDF reported, the European health ministers could not agree on a common line at their conference on Wednesday evening.
Merkel for bridge lockdown
Meanwhile, Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) has also spoken out in favor of a nationwide uniform “bridge lockdown” a few days before the next federal-state meeting. Government spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer said that Protestant Press Service (epd), a “common, nationwide approach would be right here”, because “the variety of the rules that have been adopted does not contribute to security and acceptance at the moment.” North Rhine-Westphalia’s Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) had a “bridge lockdown” earlier this week “Called for and suggested that the federal-state conference be brought forward. Hesse’s Prime Minister Volker Bouffier (CDU) had also agreed to these demands. Chancellor Angela Merkel, however, spoke out against an early meeting with the prime ministers of the federal states. The next meeting is planned for April 12th.
Offenbach closes daycare centers
In Offenbach, the daycare centers will switch to emergency care from next Monday. The parents have already been informed that from this point in time, entry will be prohibited in all Offenbach day-care centers and day-care centers, the city announced on Wednesday. The regulation should initially apply until April 30th. In the Easter week alone, an infection with the corona virus was detected in 27 daycare children, according to the city. The increasing number of infections, the special care situation in the daycare centers and the associated risk of infection led to the daycare centers being closed. “In day-care centers, children and adults meet each other every day. It is hardly possible to keep a distance, the children do not wear a mask due to their age. Infections can spread particularly easily, and this is also shown by the increasing numbers in recent weeks, “said Sabine Groß, head of the health department (Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen). Since February 22nd, “regular operation under pandemic conditions” has been permitted again in the Offenbach daycare centers.
Alsfeld is starting as the first model region
Alsfeld is the first of three Hessian regions to start the Corona model project on Thursday. By May 1, various easings should take place in parallel to free rapid tests, according to the city. Accordingly, the first step is to open the participating retail stores. Access is only granted to those who can show a negative rapid test that is not older than 24 hours. In Baunatal it should be decided by the end of the week when the city will start the model project. In Dieburg, the city council approved the project after initial uncertainties; as the Hessenschau reported, but the start date is still unclear there.
1550 new infections in Hesse
Within the past 24 hours, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) recorded 20,407 new infections and 306 deaths in connection with the coronavirus across Germany. The RKI points out that fewer tests are carried out due to the holiday season around Easter. In Hesse, the health authorities reported 1,550 new cases of infection. 31 people died with or from Corona. The Hesse-wide incidence is currently 112.5. In Frankfurt the incidence is currently 134.4. There were 246 new infections and one death in the past 24 hours.