German Health Minister Jens Spahn stated at a press conference on Monday that Germany has lifted previous age restrictions on the Johnson and Johnson (J&J) coronavirus vaccine, APA reports citing Teletrader.
The minister noted that "it makes sense" to offer the J&J jab to the younger age group since most people over 60 years old have already received their shots. Addressing the reported risk of rare blood clots associated with the vaccine, Spahn stressed that the Paul Ehrlich Institute investigates and monitors vaccine complications very seriously and that experience with the AstraZeneca shot with similar issues has shown that side effects are "very rare".
The news comes after Germany decided to make the AstraZeneca vaccine available to all adults last week. Spahn also said that the awaited digital vaccine certificate should be available in the second half of the second quarter.