Irish health minister called the move to suspend the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine a “precautionary step” following reports of blood clots in several vaccinated adults in Norway.
Three health workers in Norway were treated for bleeding, blood clots and a low count of blood platelets after they got vaccinated, the country’s health authorities confirmed on Saturday.
Stephen Donnelly tweeted on Sunday: “The decision to temporarily suspend use of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine was based on new information from Norway that emerged late last night. This is a precautionary step. The National Immunisation Advisory Comm meets again this morning and we’ll provide an update after that.”
Several other European countries including Denmark, Norway and Iceland have also temporarily stopped using the Oxford/AstraZeneca jabs. One person in Austria died from blood clots ten days after being vaccinated, according to the EMA.
AstraZeneca said on Sunday that it did not find evidence of an increased risk of blood clots as they urged people to continue getting their jab.