Sweden stops the use of the Moderna vaccine for people under 30

Moderna COVID-19 vaccinePhoto: AP Photo / Ted S. Warren, File

The vaccination with Moderna vaccines of persons born in 1991 and later has been temporarily stopped in Sweden, the Public Health Authority stated in a press release.

The decision has been made because the health authorities have observed an increased incidence of inflammation in the pericardium and the heart muscle, the press release states.

People under the age of 30 should instead get Pfizer, where the incidence is expected to be lower.

Inflammation of the heart is a rare side effect of mRNA vaccines. The risk is greatest among younger people, especially among young men.

The FHI’s role

The Norwegian Medicines Agency says it monitors cases of pericarditis and myocarditis in Norway and follows developments very closely.

“In Norway, the FHI decides on the use of the Moderna vaccine in the future. The Norwegian Medicines Agency provides for adverse reaction monitoring, and the FHI knows all our data,” medical director Steinar Madsen in the Norwegian Medicines Agency told the newspaper Dagbladet.

The FHI said it would not comment on the case until it has looked at the press release from the Swedish Public Health Authority.

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