Sweden suspends Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for U-30

Moderna COVID-19 vaccine

Moderna COVID-19 vaccine

Sweden’s health authority has said Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine will no longer be administered to U-30 people for the time being.

The suspension will hold until Dec. 1 as a precautionary measure.

The reason for this is evidence of an increased risk of side effects such as inflammation of the cardiac muscle (myocardium) or the heart sac (pericardium), the authority said on Wednesday.

However, the risk of being affected is extremely low, it said.

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The affected age group should instead receive the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, the authority recommended.

Vaccination against COVID-19 is offered to everyone over the age of 12 in Sweden.

So far, 84 per cent of all citizens over the age of 16 in the country have received at least one vaccination jab, and almost 78 per cent are fully vaccinated.

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