Slovenia could ban J&J vaccine

Nov. 30, 2021

After the death of a young woman who received the J&J COVID-19 vaccine, Slovenia could soon halt its use.

According to Reuters, Slovenia said this week that it may ban the shot unless it is specifically requested by patients.

Slovenia first paused the distribution of J&J’s vaccine in September after reporting that a 20-year-old woman who got the shot had a stroke and died. She was the 2nd person in the country who took the J&J vaccine to die from a condition potentially linked to the vaccine.

Cases of serious — but rare — side effects linked to the approved COVID-19 vaccines have triggered various restrictions on their use around the world. For example, fears about myocarditis, an inflammatory heart condition, caused Finland and Sweden to recently announce that they will restrict the use of Moderna’s vaccine in young men.