German health authorities, STIKO have advised against the use of the Moderna coronavirus vaccine for people under 30 due to evidence of a small risk of cardiac inflammation.
The German health authority updated it’s coronavirus vaccine guidance and “recommends that people under 30 only be vaccinated with Comirnaty,” the BioNTech-Pfizer jab.
STIKO cited proven studies showing that mNRA jabs led to rare cases of myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) and pericarditis (inflammation of the tissue surrounding the heart) in younger people with a slightly higher prevalence in those who received Moderna. This advisory covers both initial and booster jabs even if the first dose given was Moderna, it added.
This vaccine guidance came one day after France issued a similar guidance on Moderna jabs.
The Stiko bases its recommendations on the findings of Germany’s Federal Institute for Vaccines and Biomedicines, which compiles data on side effects and complications.
The US has also delayed approval of the Moderna jab for young people, though last week they recommended use of the Pfizer vaccine for children ages five to 11 after reviewing the risks of myocarditis.