UPDATED 10:23 AM PT – Saturday, October 9, 2021
Finland pauses the use of Moderna vaccines in certain age groups.
On Thursday, Finland joined Sweden, Norway and Denmark in pausing the use of Moderna vaccines due to reports of rare cardiovascular side effects found in younger males. The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare announced males under 30 would be offered the Pfizer vaccine instead, after studies found younger males were at a slightly higher risk of developing heart issues with Moderna.
“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 small,” said Sweden’s Public Health Agency.
All four countries based their decision on an unpublished study with Sweden’s Public Health Agency and although the study suggests risks of being affected are small, the Nordic countries have encouraged using other vaccines for now.
Iceland🇮🇸: Suspended use of Moderna in all age groups.
Sweden🇸🇪: Suspended use of Moderna in people under 30.
Finland🇫🇮: Stopped use of Moderna in people under 30.
Norway🇳🇴: Is recommending against use of Moderna in those under 18.
— PeterSweden (@PeterSweden7) October 9, 2021