Germany held an emergency meeting on March 25 to address the reports of 31 unusual blood clots, out of the 2.7 million who were given the vaccine, which resulted in nine deaths.
Both UK and WHO regulators stated there was no proof of a link between the blood clots and the jab but the German health minister and German government officials still unanimously agreed to restrict its use.
AstraZeneca is still available in Germany for people over 60 unless they belong to a high-risk category and only then under advice from a doctor.
Germany’s decision to ban the vaccine comes only days after France, Italy and Germany resumed rollout of AstraZeneca after the EU declared the vaccine safe.
In a press conference on Tuesday, Angela Merkel, 66, said: “I have said when it is my turn, I will get vaccinated, also with AstraZeneca.
“The possibility of me being vaccinated is nearing.”
Downing Street reiterated its message that the vaccine is “safe, effective and has already saved thousands of lives.”
Canada has also banned the jab for those under 55, while France has not yet authorised its use in younger age groups.