Millions of doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine have been administered safely in Europe, but Dr Nicola Buhlinger-Goepfarth said concerns remained about a rare type of blood clot seen in a very small number of vaccine recipients.
The European Union’s drug regulatory agency said last month it had also found a “possible link” between Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine and extremely rare blood clots. Both vaccines have been cleared for use in Europe, however, with regulators saying the benefits of getting vaccinated against COVID-19 far outweigh the risks.
And if the turnout at the Buhlinger-Goepfarth parking lot is anything to say, many are very happy to have their picture taken on the AstraZeneca.
Buhlinger-Goepfarth noted that the European Union had carefully reviewed the vaccine and approved it.
“I think he has his bad reputation for no reason. ” she said.
People started arriving around 8 am to get a ‘ticket’ for a vaccine, although the injections were not due to start until 1:30 pm.
Some lined up in their cars at two tented vaccination centers, while others received their injection inside the supermarket.
By 2:15 p.m., all 250 doses of Buhlinger-Goepfarth had been spoken along with several hundred more introduced, local official Sabine Wagner said.
In France where confidence in the AstraZeneca vaccine has taken a heavy blow following changes in French policy for its use, a doctor made headlines in April by filming himself giving up unwanted expired doses.
Dr Patrick Vogt, in Mulhouse, eastern France, tweeted a video of himself throwing away a partially used vial of AstraZeneca vaccine because he had not been able to find enough volunteers for all doses before they expire.
“In the midst of the pandemic, I am forced to throw the Astra vaccine in the trash because nobody wants it,” he tweeted. “Crazy, right?”
On the video, Vogt said he opened the vial on a Monday but could not find takers for six of his doses until Wednesday afternoon, three days later. “All the other people refused the vaccine, nobody wants it,” he said. “This vaccine has expired, so I have to throw it away.”
In subsequent interviews on French television, he described his video as “a cry of anger, a cry of despair” and pleaded for a relaxation of France’s vaccine policy, so that more people could get away from it all. get vaccinated.
France first said it should not be used for the elderly, before saying it should only be used for people aged 55 and over, due to concerns about blood clots.
The latest figures from the French Ministry of Health continue to show that AstraZeneca is not getting the same use as the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. About 90% of the doses of Pfizer received by France were used against about 53% of AstraZeneca.
John Leicester in Paris contributed to this report.
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