Slovenia has suspended the use of COVID-19 vaccines developed by Johnson & Johnson. The reports came on Thursday for the suspension of the Johnson vaccine, after it caused the death of a 20-year-old woman.
Johnson & Johnson vaccine suspended
Health Minister Janez Poklukar stated that a pause to Johnson was a necessary preventive measure that had to be taken.
The Slovenian Minister of Health said that the authorities would further examine whether there is a connection between the woman’s death and the vaccine she received. ‘The situation is yet to be clarified,’ Poklukar added.
The 20-year-old’s death has been the second serious event by the negative effects of the vaccine. The J&J vaccine has been directed to about 120,000 people in Slovenia.
Poklukar, however, mentioned that vaccine ‘benefits continue to outweigh the risks’.
The single-shot of vaccine had grown popular in Slovenia after the government initiated COVID passes and made them compulsory for everyone, in order to attend work.
Reports About J&J Vaccine
During an interview, a representative of Janssen told the media that they considered nothing superior to the health and protection of people, and they closely inspect the reports of individuals who obtain harmful effects from their medicines or vaccines.
The speaker also added in the statement that reports about an individual getting vaccinated are shared with health authorities’ detailed supervision programs, as part of the process. The programs control the overall safety of medicines and vaccine approval.
However, Slovenia has recently noted a rise in infections. The country of 2 million has 48% vaccinated citizens, which is lower than any other European state. Therefore, Slovenia has made it obligatory for people aged above 18 to get vaccinated.