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Sweden, Denmark pause Moderna COVID jabs for younger age groups

Sweden and Denmark have said they will pause the use of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine for younger age...

👤 H K Badal6 Oct 2021 4:18 PM GMT
Sweden, Denmark pause Moderna COVID jabs for younger age groups
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Sweden and Denmark have said they will pause the use of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine for younger age groups after reports of possible rare side effects, such as myocarditis.

The Swedish health agency said on October 6 it would pause using the shot for people born in 1991 and after as data pointed to an increase of myocarditis and pericarditis among youths and young adults that had been vaccinated. Those conditions involve an inflammation of the heart or its lining.

"The connection is especially clear when it comes to Moderna's vaccine Spikevax, especially after the second dose," the health agency said in a statement, adding the risk of being affected was very small.

In Denmark, people under the age of 18 will not be offered the Moderna vaccine out of precaution, the Danish Health Authority said on October 6.

It said that data, collected from four Nordic countries, shows there is a suspicion of an increased risk of heart inflammation when vaccinated with Moderna shots, although the number of cases of heart inflammation remains very low.

The preliminary data from the Nordic study have been sent to the European Medicines Agency's (EMA) adverse reaction committee and will now be assessed.