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Germany. ‘Flu-like symptoms’ after AstraZeneca vaccine. Hospitals suspend vaccinations in North Rhine-Westphalia

Hospitals suspended administration of the vaccine produced by AstraZeneca after many clinic employees who received it reported vaccine reactions.

According to media reports in Germany, hospital workers in Braunschweig and Emden and in the district of Minden-Lübbecke have reported numerous reactions to the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Paramedics were particularly hard hit in North Rhine-Westphalia. Of the 187 vaccinated with AstraZeneca, 15 had ‘flu-like symptoms‘, reports Westfalen-Blatt . These people had to take a sick leave because the troublesome symptoms prevented them from going to work.

The first hospitals in Lower Saxony decided to suspend the administration of the vaccine by the British company. Previously, some regions in Sweden had suspended vaccination with AstraZeneca due to numerous reports of complications from the vaccine.

According to the portal, on Tuesday, Herzogin-Elisabeth Hospital in Braunschweig announced that it would postpone the planned vaccination with this drug.

In the meantime, vaccinations with AstraZeneca were also suspended at the Emden Hospital.

According to media reports, the hospital in Braunschweig suspended vaccination with the substance produced by AstraZeneca after 37 out of 88 clinic employees who received it reported vaccine reactions.

After vaccination with AstraZeneca was suspended at a hospital in Emden, where vaccine reactions also occurred among staff, Leer County officials announced that they would no longer administer the company’s vaccine. They explained that “the doses of the vaccine are likely to come from the same batch shipped to Emden.

According to the Robert Koch Institute, side effects and reactions can occur with both the Biontech / Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca vaccines. The head of the Lower Saxony crisis team, Heiger Scholz, was surprised on Tuesday by the escalation of side effects. It cannot be ruled out that these reactions are related to a specific batch of the British company’s preparation.

So far, the side effects have not been serious and no one has had to be hospitalised for complications, Scholz said.

South Africa has already reported problems with AstraZeneca. According to press reports, the country intends to return one million doses of the vaccine. One study found that the vaccine had only limited effect on a mutation of the virus in that country.

Cases of complications after vaccinating with AstraZeneca were reported to the Paul Ehrlich Institute for Vaccine Safety. “It is not possible to assess specific cases at this time,” said a spokeswoman for a vaccine safety agency. – It is currently investigating whether the reported reactions exceed those observed in clinical trials.

The manufacturer of this vaccine himself sees no cause for concern. “The responses currently reported are what we would expect based on the results of our clinical research program,” AstraZeneca said in a press release referenced by

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the total number of coronavirus infections in Germany has exceeded 2,300,000. and deaths from Covid-19 – 65 thousand.

Source: , Westfalen-Blatt