German Chancellor Angela Merkel has she will not avail herself to be vaccinated with the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine because it is not recommended for her age group.
A German authorities have not approved the vaccine for people over 65 due to the lack of data about its efficacy on older people.
Her action falls in direct opposition to public expectation that she would lead by example and get vaccinated on camera in order to inspire others to do same, and also defeat conspiracy theories surrounding the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.
Addressing the media and making her position known, she said ‘AstraZeneca is a reliable vaccine, effective and safe, approved by the European Medicine Agency and recommended in Germany up to the age of 65 years.
All the authorities tell us that this vaccine can be trusted. As long as vaccines are as scarce as they are now, you cannot choose what to vaccinate with.’
When asked whether she would accept the UK jab, the German Chancellor added: “I am 66 years old and I do not belong to the recommended group for AstraZeneca”.
Ms. Merkel has remained resolute on her decision not to get vaccinated despite increasing calls from the German public and several health institutions.
Germany has accumulated 1.4 million vaccine doses which are currently going unused because of a reluctance to take the AstraZeneca jab.
Authorities have expressed worry over the lackadaisical attitude towards the vaccine. Statistics available indicate that out of 3,800 appointments just about 200 people show up for the vaccine.
Professor Mertens added that there was a “problem” persuading people to have the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab due to flawed perceptions about its effectiveness.
‘We have about 1.4 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine in-store but only about 240,000 have been given to people.
‘We are working quite hard on this point and try to convince the people to accept the vaccine.”
By: Edwin Abanga