Romanian authorities announced the country will continue administering the AstraZeneca vaccine without age restrictions.
“Thrombotic events are possible but very rare and the benefits of vaccination far outweigh the risks,” said Valeriu Gheorghita, the chief of Romania’s national vaccination committee. “Giving up vaccinations can bring us in the face of severe forms of illness and can affect the achievement of herd immunity,” he said.
Romania has so far administered around 400,000 doses of the UK-made vaccine, out of a total of more than 3.4 million vaccine doses administered to its population of more than 19 million.
Since the pandemic began, Romania has recorded more than 993,000 COVID-19 infections and 24,733 have died.