Both Sweden and Denmark decided on Wednesday to stop Moderna‘s youth corona vaccines for the time being. The decision has been taken as a precaution due to concerns about an increased risk of side effects.
In rare cases, vaccinees experience inflammation of the heart muscle and pericardium, myocarditis and pericarditis. Symptoms include shortness of breath, palpitations and chest pain, for example.
The complaints often disappear on their own and can be treated well, but a doctor needs to be called in. It also sometimes kills people. US figures have shown that young people are more likely to be affected on average, and boys more often than girls.
The Moderna vaccine is currently unavailable in Sweden for people who started in 1991 or later. The approximately 81,000 people waiting for their second dose receive a prick of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine as a replacement. Denmark puts the age limit at 18 years.
“We monitor the situation closely and act quickly to ensure that the corona vaccinations are as safe as possible, and provide enough protection,” says Sweden’s health chief and epidemiologist, Anders Tegnell, to Bloomberg.
Moderna: Just as much as Pfizer
Also at Pfizer vaccinates sometimes get heart disease. According to Moderna CEO Stephane Barcel, a large database in the United States shows that the numbers are equal to each other in the two types of vaccines. In addition, the likelihood of contracting myocarditis is higher in corona than vaccination, he stressed.