The Federal Ministry of Health has revealed there are now 13 cases of blood clots in cerebral veins related to the vaccine – which was developed with Oxford University. Several EU states have halted use of the jab amid fears over blood clots.
In total there are 12 women and one man between 20 and 63 years old who have recorded blood clots.
Three people in Germany have died according to local reports.
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is expected to give an update on to how to proceed today.
The AstraZeneca vaccine has been halted in several EU member states such as Spain, Italy, Portugal, Ireland and Germany.
Germany stopped administering the vaccine earlier this week with immediate effect.
Health Minister Jens Spahn said: “The background to this decision follows new reports of cases of cerebral vein thrombosis connected with an AstraZeneca vaccination.
“In light of these newly reported cases, the Paul Ehrlich Institute today reevaluated the situation and recommended a suspension of vaccinations and further analysis.”
He reassured the decision was “not political” and said they did not take the decision lightly.
Despite the increased number of blood clots reported, the World Health Organisation has urged EU nations to continue to use the vaccine.
The WHO’s European director, Hans Kluge, said: “As of now, we do not know whether some or all of the conditions have been caused by the vaccine or by other coincidental factors.
“At this point in time, however, the benefits of the AstraZeneca vaccine far outweigh its risks and its use should continue, to save lives.”
This comes after experts have warned several EU member states are at the start of a third wave of the pandemic.
German has reported the biggest rise of cases in two months.
Figures from the Robert Koch Institute reported the number of confirmed cases jumped by 17,504 to 2,612,268, marking the biggest daily rise since January 22.
The death toll also rose by 227, bringing the total to 74,132.
The number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days rose to 90, compared to 86 a day earlier.
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Additional reporting by Monika Pallenberg