Belgium says halts J&J COVID jab for under 41s after one dies

FILE PHOTO: A vial labelled “Johnson&Johnson coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine” is seen in this illustration picture taken May 2, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The Belgian government said on Wednesday it was suspending vaccinations with Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine for people under the age of 41 following the death of a woman from severe side-effects after receiving the jab.

“The Inter-ministerial conference has decided to temporarily administer Janssen’s vaccine to the general population from the age of 41 years, pending a more detailed benefit-risk analysis by the EMA,” the Belgian health ministers said in a statement.

The EMA is the European Union’s European Medicine’s Agency.

The woman – who was under the age of 40 – died on May 21, after being admitted to hospital with severe thrombosis and platelet deficiency, the statement said.

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