Merkel gets Moderna as second jab after AstraZeneca first dose

Published June 23, 2021, 7:05 AM

by Agence-France-Presse

BERLIN, Germany – German Chancellor Angela Merkel received a Moderna coronavirus vaccine as her second jab, after getting AstraZeneca as the first, a spokesman said Tuesday.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses the media during a joint press conference with the European Commission President following a meeting in Berlin, Germany, on June 22, 2021. Michael Sohn / POOL / AFP

The 66-year-old took her first dose of AstraZeneca’s vaccine in April, more than two weeks after German authorities recommended use of the jab only for people aged 60 and over.

Merkel is stepping down this year after 16 years in power.

In 2019, she sparked concerns for her health with a series of shaking spells in public but has appeared to be in good condition since then.

After a stuttering start, Germany’s vaccination roll-out has sharply accelerated in recent weeks.

As at Tuesday, one in two, or 51.2 percent of the population have received their first dose.