Korea to Expand AstraZeneca Vaccinations Despite Side Effects

      March 22, 2021 11:11

      Korea will start broaden AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccinations to include people over 65 on Tuesday. The vaccine will first be given to 377,000 patients in care homes before moving on to ordinary elderly citizens.

      President Moon Jae-in and First Lady Kim Jung-sook will get the vaccine on Tuesday in time for their trip to the U.K. for the G7 summit in June.

      Earlier, a case of blood clots after AstraZeneca vaccination in a man in his 20s was diagnosed as cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST), or blood clots in the brain, which had been flagged by the European Medicines Agency as a possibly side effect.

      Health official Park Young-joon, who is tasked with monitoring the side effects, said Saturday, "MRI results revealed suspicions of CVST. We are reviewing any possible link to the vaccine."


      Earlier this month, the EMA said the vaccine is not associated with an increased risk of blood clots but it added a causal relationship between the vaccine and CVST requires further study.

      The Ministry of Food and Drug Safety urged people who develop shortness of breath, chest or abdominal pains, swelling or coldness in the arms and legs, headaches, blurred vision, small bruises or red marks shortly after their jab should immediately visit a hospital.

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