Slovenia: Experts propose ban on vaccination of young people with AstraZeneca

The head of Slovenia’s vaccination advisory group, Bojana Beović, said the group proposed that young people stop being vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine until all questions about serious side effects have been clarified.

While on-site vaccination is starting for people aged 60+, young people are also being vaccinated according to the priority groups set out in the vaccination strategy.

“We will wait for some time until some dilemmas about the safety of the AstraZeneca vaccine for young people are clarified. “During this period, the vaccination of young people will be suspended,” Beovi tha told POP TV last night.

Slovenia briefly suspended the vaccination process with the AstraZeneca vaccine on March 15 after some European countries decided to ban its use following reports of blood clots.

The vaccine is now again causing concern due to thrombosis incidents, although Beović explained that a causal relationship has not yet been fully proven.

Since some young people have already received the first dose, Beović said a 12-week window until the second stroke should provide enough time for a final decision to be made on the AstraZeneca vaccine.

The European Medicines Agency is expected to issue a new recommendation on Wednesday.

The National Institute of Public Health of Slovenia recommended the Pfizer / BioNTech and Moderna vaccines for people aged 65+ and for particularly vulnerable patients with chronic diseases regardless of age, but also for residents of care homes, while recommending the AstraZeneca vaccine for people of age 60-64 for older persons if they express interest in it.

Slovenia confirmed 293 new cases of coronavirus on Sunday, roughly similar to a week ago. Slightly more than 18% of all PCR tests returned positive, significantly lower than rates above 20% throughout the week, yet still higher than previous Sundays, according to the latest government data. Seven people with Covid-19 died.

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