Germany’s vaccine advisory committee has recommended people under the age of 30 should have only received the Biontech/Pfizer (PEF.N) COVID-19 vaccine. It has been recommended as it causes fewer heart inflammations in younger people than the Moderna (MRNA.O) shot, according to the committee on Wednesday.
The committee known as STIKO also recommended pregnant women to have Pfizer vaccine as well.
The recommendations are based on new safety data from the Paul Ehrlich Institute (PEI).
This comes as Rober Koch Institute Public Health authority on Wednesday reported 39,675 new COVID-19 cases in Germany, bringing the total tally to 4,844,054.
Furthermore, Germany’s National Disease Control Center warned of another lockdown in case vacation drives did not accelerate.
German authorities have repeatedly asked the people to get vaccinated against the virus as they do not intend to impose lockdowns.
Moreover, France, Finland and Sweden also limited the use of Moderna shot. France’s health authority already recommended people under 30 to be given Pfizer’s vaccine when available instead of the Moderna jab.
Around 67percent of the population in Germany is said to have fully vaccinated, according to official figures, and the government has not made vaccines mandatory.
83 million people are said to have been fully vaccinated. 96,963 people have died in Germany since the start of pandemic, according to official figures.
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