Spain made a decision to use the AstraZeneca vaccine only for people at the age over 60. Such a decision was made after the EMA found a link between the drug and blood clots as Reuters reported citing Health Minister of Spain Carolina Darias.
“The vaccination strategy is changing and from tomorrow only over 60-year-olds will be vaccinated with AstraZeneca,” the minister said.
Besides, Darias noted that on Thursday, the health ministry will make a decision whether or not people who were vaccinated by AstraZeneca should receive the second shot.
Earlier, the EMA reported 169 cases of the rare clotting disorder out of 34 million doses held within Europe. Mostly, women under 60 had blood clots and it happened within two weeks of injection.
“Despite the rarity of these side effects, the modification to the technical guidance is important,” director of Spain’s drug regulator Maria Jesus Lamas said.
On April 6, the EMA representative confirmed there is a connection between the AstraZeneca vaccine against coronavirus and the development of blood clots in the patients' bodies.
The first messages about side effects after vaccination with AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria) appeared in early March. Austria was the first to state it suspends the vaccination with the use of this drug. Later, more than 20 countries did the same.