2021-10-08 13:33:14 Finland joins other Nordic nations in curbing Moderna shots | News
Finland joins other Nordic nations in curbing Moderna shots | News
Because of the increased risk of heart inflammation, a rare side effect, men under the age of 30 will not be given the Moderna vaccine.
Finland has joined the rest of the Nordic countries in suspending or discouraging the use of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine in certain age groups due to an increased risk of heart inflammation, a rare side effect of the shot.
The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare announced on Thursday that males under the age of 30 will not be given the shot. Instead, they will be offered the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
According to the government agency, young men and boys are at a slightly higher risk of developing myocarditis.
Finland’s decision came after three neighboring countries made similar decisions on Wednesday.
Sweden has suspended the use of Moderna for people under the age of 30, Denmark has stated that those under the age of 18 will not be offered the Swiss-made vaccine, and Norway has urged those under the age of 30 to get the Pfizer vaccine instead.
The decision was based on an unpublished study, with Sweden’s Public Health Agency stating that it indicates “an increased risk of side effects such as inflammation of the heart muscle or the pericardium” – the double-walled sac containing the heart and the roots of the main vessels.
“The risk of being affected is very low,” it added.
The preliminary findings of the Nordic study have been forwarded to the European Medicines Agency’s adverse reaction committee for review.