Sweden’s Public Health Agency has suspended the use of Moderna’s mRNA vaccine for people aged 30 and younger. This is because of heart-related side effects in young people, such as myocarditis.
Anders Tegnell, Sweden’s chief epidemiologist, said the agency will “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.”
Authorities in Norway and Finland say they are reviewing the Moderna vaccine and may follow suit. Denmark announced that Moderna would not be given to people under 18.
Another mRNA vaccine was already heavily restricted in Scandinavia due to side effects. Denmark suspended the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine last March, while Norway and Sweden downgraded its planned use at the same time. Since then, Sweden discontinued using the AstraZeneca vaccine and donated their remaining doses to 3rd world nations.
Currently, only the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are available in Sweden.
Denmark, Norway, and Sweden ended all Covid-19 restrictions in September.