Medicines Agency: We received 31 reports of blood clots from corona-vaccinated people in Norway

AstraZeneca vaccinePhoto: AP Photo / Rafiq Maqbool, File

A total of 31 people who have received a coronavirus vaccine in Norway reported blood clots to the Norwegian Medicines Agency.

The Norwegian Medicines Agency’s weekly report provided an updated overview of reports of possible side effects of corona vaccination as of March 9.

As of Tuesday, they had received 4,985 reports of suspected side effects, out of which 2,479 reports had been processed. Out of the processed ones, 296 are classified as serious and 2,184 as non-serious.

As of March 9, 31 cases of blood clots were reported by people who took the coronavirus vaccine in Norway.

“Four of the cases concerned younger people. This means that the reports mainly concern the elderly who often have another underlying disease, without it being connected to the vaccination,” the Norwegian Medicines Agency noted.

Ongoing investigations

In the weekly report, the Norwegian Medicines Agency refers to the report of one death in Denmark as a result of a blood clot after vaccination with the AstraZeneca vaccine. 

On Thursday, the National Institute of Public Health (FHI) chose to put all vaccinations with the AstraZeneca vaccine on pause while investigations are ongoing.

The death in Denmark led the Norwegian Medicines Agency to postpone the publication of its weekly report until it had collected and reviewed all cases of blood clots after corona vaccination that have been reported.

In Norway, one case of a blood clot has been reported in a person who has received the AstraZeneca vaccine. The person in question was under the age of 30, based in Innlandet, and died due to cerebral hemorrhage.

“It has not been concluded that there is a connection between the vaccine and the unexpected death. This will be thoroughly investigated.”

No change in recommendations

A total of 30 people who have taken the BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine have reported a blood clot, while no reports of a blood clot have been received after vaccination with Moderna’s vaccine.

The reports of side effects that have been processed up to this point in time do not provide a basis for changing the current recommendations on the use of corona vaccines in Norway, the Norwegian Medicines Agency stated.

The vast majority of reports of side effects are considered common and expected. 

These include pain at the injection site, headache, general malaise with fever, fatigue, nausea, and pain in the body.

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