Sweden Stops Giving Moderna’s Spikevax for Those Born 1991 or Later due to Health Concerns

Sweden has stopped administering Moderna’s Spikevax for citizens born in 1991 or later due to possible side effects including heart muscle inflammation.

“The conditions are most common among young men, in connection with, for example, viral infections such as covid-19. In 2019, approximately 300 people under the age of 30 were treated in hospital with myocarditis,” said the Swedish Public Health Agency.

According to the agency, Swedish and Nordic data revealed that the occurrences of side effects were directly correlated to Moderna’s vaccine Spikevax, especially after the second dose. 

The side effects are usually observable within four weeks after the vaccination but mostly within the first two weeks.

The agency however said that the risk of getting the side effects are small and that myocarditis and pericarditis often go away on their own.

“We follow the situation closely and act quickly to ensure that vaccinations against covid-19 are always as safe as possible and at the same time provide effective protection against COVID-19,” said Anders Tegnell, head of department and state epidemiologist at the Swedish Public Health Agency.

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