Following the decision of several EU Member States, including France and Germany, to temporarily suspend vaccination with AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine, Luxembourg has decided to align itself with this decision.
This is a precautionary measure, pending the outcome of tests by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) into a number of blood problems that have occurred in people vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Vaccinations with AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine will be suspended in Luxembourg until the assessment of the EMA's safety committee (PRAC) is completed. Today's decision concerns both initial and follow-up vaccinations. The EMA's assessment is expected later this week.
It should be noted that in a press release issued by the EMA today, the EMA opines that the benefits of AstraZeneca's vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19 outweigh the risks of side effects.
Press release by the Ministry of State / Ministry of Health