Danish health agency to contact recipients of AstraZeneca vaccine

Danish health agency to contact recipients of AstraZeneca vaccine
Danish Health Authority director Søren Brostrøm. Photo: Philip Davali/Ritzau Scanpix
The Danish Medicines Agency is to contact people who have received the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine to provide precautionary advice.

Every fourth person vaccinated in Denmark has received the AstraZeneca vaccine. They will now receive a letter from the Danish Medicines Agency, Danish Health Authority director Soren Brostrøm told broadcaster TV2.

The letter will draw attention to the symptoms of blood clots that those vaccinated should be aware of. People will receive the letter via e-boks, the electronic mail platform accessible to Danish residents via the secure NemID system.

Health authorities will directly contact members of the public after the Danish Medicines Agency decided on Thursday to pause vaccinating with AstraZeneca after finding cases of blood clots shortly after vaccination.

Authorities in Austria previously stopped vaccinations with a batch of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 inoculation after a nurse died and another became seriously ill after receiving their jabs. The nurse died as a result of severe coagulation disorders, an illness related to the blood’s ability to clot. 

There has also been a death in Denmark, according to the Danish Medicines Agency. It is still unknown whether the vaccine is the direct cause of the blood clots.

“What we are doing now is sending a letter to everyone who has received the vaccine from AstraZeneca, stating what they should be aware of regarding symptoms of blood clots,” Brostrøm said to TV2. He also pointed out that if you experience symptoms, you should see a doctor immediately.

In total, 142,102 people in Denmark have received their first dose of the vaccine from the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, according to the tally from the national infectious disease agency, State Serum Institute.

There are different symptoms of blood clots, depending on where it is located. According to Danish charity The Heart Foundation (Hjerteforeningen), symptoms of blood clots can include chest tightness, sudden shortness of breath, swelling and sudden discomfort. 

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