The Netherlands suspended on Sunday, March 14, as a precautionary measure, the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine against Covid-19. until March 28 inclusive. This suspension intervenes after “possible side effects” have been reported in Denmark and Norway, without a proven link at this stage.
“Based on new information, the Dutch Medicines Authority has recommended, as a precautionary measure and pending further investigation, to suspend the administration of the AstraZeneca vaccine “against Covid-19, the Dutch Ministry of Health announced in a statement.
“The crucial question is whether it is about complaints after vaccination or due to vaccination.There should be no question about vaccinations. “said Health Minister Hugo de Jonge, quoted in the press release.
“We always have to be careful, so it is wise to press the pause button now as a precaution,” he added.
Suspension in Norway, Iceland, Denmark and Bulgaria
Norway, like Iceland or Denmark, announced on Thursday the suspension of injections of the AstraZeneca vaccine invoking the “precautionary” principle due to fears related to blood clot formation. Bulgaria did the same on Friday and Thailand delayed its campaign.
Currently, no similar case is known in the Netherlands, the ministry said, which however advises people who have received the vaccine to contact their doctor if they have “unexpected and / or unknown” symptoms after three days.