May 11, 2021 – 18:36
Slovakia has suspended the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine against coronavirus after a person vaccinated with the vaccine died of a blood clot.
The Ministry of Health said that only people vaccinated with the first dose will receive the second dose of AstraZeneca.
The first doses of this vaccine were suspended, the Ministry of Health said.
Minister Vladimir Lengvarsky warned last week that Slovakia would review its vaccination strategy, following the fatal blood clot of a person who was vaccinated with AstraZeneca.
Some European Union countries have restricted the use of AstraZeneca to older people only, after confirming that there is a link between the vaccine and very rare blood clots in some people, mostly younger ones.
The European Medicines Agency, however, has found that the benefits of the AstraZeneca vaccine outweigh the risks.
Germany last week lifted restrictions on the AstraZeneca vaccine, which for several weeks has only been recommended for people over 60 years of age.
Denmark has suspended AstraZeneca completely, while experts in Britain have recommended that people under the age of 40 be given an alternative vaccine.
Slovakia, a country of 5.4 million people, has registered over 386,000 cases of coronavirus and 12,077 victims.