Finland limits Moderna vaccine after reports of side effects in younger males

LAHTI, FINLAND - FEBRUARY 25: A Finland flag is waved as the skiers compete in the Men's Cross Country Skiathlon during the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships on February 25, 2017 in Lahti, Finland. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

LAHTI, FINLAND – FEBRUARY 25: A Finland flag is waved as the skiers compete in the Men’s Cross Country Skiathlon during the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships on February 25, 2017 in Lahti, Finland. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

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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All four countries based their decision on an unpublished study with Sweden’s Public Health Agency and although the study suggests risks of being affected are small, the Nordic countries have encouraged using other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.

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