Possible cardiovascular side effects are blamed for Sweden and Denmark pausing the Moderna covid vaccine for younger age groups. The Swedish health agency announced the pause for all people 30 and under. According to a Reuters report, Swedish data indicated a higher risk of myocarditis and pericarditis among those in the age group who had been vaccinated.
The data showed this to be true across all vaccines, but the especially prevalent with the Moderna vaccine, Spikevax. A Moderna spokesperson told the publication that the company was aware of the issues cited in Denmark and Sweden’s decision to halt the vaccine.
The Danish Health Authority confirmed on Friday that it is still allowing people aged 12-17 to receive the Covid-19 vaccine from Moderna. The authority earlier this week stated this was not the case. https://t.co/M6K1EkQBBP
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“These are typically mild cases, and individuals tend to recover within a short time following standard treatment and rest,” said the spokesperson. “The risk of myocarditis is substantially increased for those who contract COVID-19, and vaccination is the best way to protect against this.”
The Danish health authority agreed with Sweden’s risk assessment for the Moderna Covid vaccine. The Danish statement also pointed to the “suspicion of an increased risk of heart inflammation, when vaccinated with Moderna” for people 30 and younger.
On June 25, 2021, the FDA issued a warning regarding the “increased risks of myocarditis and pericarditis following vaccination” against Covid from either Moderna and Pfizer.
“The warning in the Fact Sheets for Healthcare Providers Administering Vaccines notes that reports of adverse events suggest increased risks of myocarditis and pericarditis, particularly following the second dose and with [the] onset of symptoms within a few days after vaccination. Additionally, the Fact Sheets for Recipients and Caregivers for these vaccines note that vaccine recipients should seek medical attention right away if they have chest pain, shortness of breath, or feelings of having a fast-beating, fluttering, or pounding heart after vaccination,” the FDA warned.
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