Sweden and Denmark announced on Wednesday that they are suspending the use of Moderna’s Covid vaccine for children under the age of 18 due to reports of rare cardiovascular side effects.
The Swedish health agency announced that the shot would be discontinued for people born in 1991 and later due to an increase in myocarditis and pericarditis. These conditions are characterised by heart inflammation.
“These are typically mild cases, and individuals tend to recover within a short time,” a Moderna spokesman said. Those who contract Covid are at increased risk of developing myocarditis, and vaccination is the best way to protect against this.
“Due to the “precautionary principle,” Denmark has halted the vaccine for those under the age of 18.