One step before the approval of the use of the vaccine against the coronavirus of AstraZeneca for the citizens belonging to the age groups over 65 are the competent Greek authorities.
Government spokeswoman Aristotle Peloni said that “based on the latest scientific data, the National Vaccination Committee is expected to recommend vaccinations with the AstraZeneca vaccine for people aged 65 and over in Greece.”
The approval decision was announced by the Minister of Health Vassilis Kikilias, during yesterday's briefing on the course of the pandemic and the situation of the NSS. “The AstraZeneca vaccine can be given to people over the age of 65 in our country as well,” he said.
The AstraZeneca / Oxford University vaccine has been decided in a number of European countries to be given only to people under 65 years of age. This was due to the lack of sufficient data for older people. However, the attitude of the competent authorities has begun to change, following the results of new studies from Germany which show that the vaccine shows a high rate of effectiveness in older age groups.
The AstraZeneca vaccine has already been approved for emergency use in citizens over 65 years of age in the UK and France, and is given to citizens over 65-74 years of age with underlying diseases in Austria as well.
Germany has approved the grant to those over 65
“Yes” to the use of the vaccine for those over 65 and by the German Vaccination Committee (StiKo) which revised their previous evaluation. The Commission cites new studies showing that the vaccine is effective in this age group as well.
” This is very good news for the elderly who are waiting to be vaccinated, as now it will be their turn faster, ” said Health Minister Jens Spann.