Statement of the Atrial Fibrillation NETwork (AFNET) on Covid-19 vaccinations

Especially in elderly patients, an infection with Covid-19 often takes a severe course. Therefore, AFNET recommends these patients to get vaccinatied as soon as possible. The protection by the vaccination outweighs possible vaccination risks by far. 

For more information on Covid-19 vaccinations in heart patients, please read the press release of the "Deutsche Gesellschaft für Kardiologie" (German Cardiac Society (DGK)).

Patients on anticoagulation due to atrial fibrillation also benefit from the Covid-19 vaccination. However, these patients should inform the vaccination staff about their medication prior to vaccination in order to minimize any increased risk of bleeding.

For detailed guidance on Covid-19 vaccinations in patients treated with anticoagulants, please read the press release of the "Deutsche Herzstiftung" (German Heart Foundation (Deutsche Herzstiftung)).