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Current Corona situation: Thousands of vaccination appointments in Bonn cancelled due to Astrazeneca suspension

Current Corona situation : Thousands of vaccination appointments in Bonn cancelled due to Astrazeneca suspension

Following the German government's precautionary suspension of vaccination with the Astrazeneca preparation, North Rhine-Westphalia is also implementing the requirements from Berlin. In Bonn, thousands of vaccination appointments are cancelled for the time being.

After the nationwide vaccination stop with the vaccine Astrazeneca, the vaccination centre in Bonn has also stopped vaccinations with the affected vaccine. The vaccination centre has suspended immunisation with Astrazeneca on verbal instructions from the NRW Ministry of Health.

Affected people who were at the World Conference Center Bonn for vaccination on Monday afternoon were rebooked at short notice for the BionTech/Pfizer vaccine if they so wished, according to the city. Other people with appointments for Astrazeneca were not allowed into the vaccination centre. 200 people were affected. Vaccinations by mobile teams were stopped, according to the city.

The City of Bonn is cancelling all vaccination appointments with AstraZeneca until further notice. 5500 citizens of the so-called special groups who have arranged vaccination appointments with AstraZeneca for the period from Tuesday have been informed by e-mail. They are asked not to come to the vaccination centre and made aware that they will be informed if there are any changes.

None of this affects Bonn residents over the age of 80. Their vaccinations with BionTech/Pfizer will continue as planned.

The suspension of Astrazeneca's vaccine in Germany is due to seven cases of illness, according to Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU). "It has occurred very rarely," Spahn said in Berlin on Monday. Earlier, his ministry had said that vaccinations with this vaccine had been stopped for the time being out of an abundance of caution because there had been reports of thrombosis of the cerebral veins in temporal connection with the vaccination. "So far, there are seven reported cases related to such cerebral vein thrombosis out of now more than 1.6 million vaccinations in Germany," Spahn said. "We are talking about a very low risk - but if it is indeed related to vaccination, an above-average risk.

According to the Paul Ehrlich Institute, which is responsible for the vaccine, people should seek medical treatment if they feel unwell for more than four days after vaccination, for example with a severe or persistent headache or pinpoint bleeding on the skin, Spahn said.

By Sunday, 1.65 million doses of Astrazeneca vaccine had been administered in Germany, according to the Robert Koch Institute. Except for a few hundred cases, all of these vaccinations concern the first of two necessary for vaccination protection. The suspension now also affects all subsequent vaccinations, said Spahn.

Translation: Mareike Graepel