AstraZeneca’s vaccination of French rescuers has been suspended

The French rescuers have refused to be vaccinated with the drug AstraZeneca due to the appearance of side effects in one of the firefighters. This was reported on Monday, March 15, by the publication Le Point.

“We are discontinuing the use of AstraZeneca vaccine to vaccinate our employees after side effects occurred in one firefighter who was hospitalized with cardiac arrhythmia after the vaccination. As a precautionary measure, we suspended a second injection of the drug,” said a spokesman for the department’s Rescue and Fire Service (SDIS).

About 60 firefighters from the department of Busch du Rhône reportedly received the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine last week.

On March 14, the makers of the coronavirus vaccine, AstraZeneca, said the drug is safe amid suspensions in some countries. According to the company, a detailed study of more than 17 million people vaccinated in the European Union (EU) and Great Britain with the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine showed no evidence of an increased risk of pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis or thrombocytopenia among people of different ages, sex, or nationalities.

The day before, on March 13, it became known that three health workers in Norway were in the hospital with blood clots after vaccination from coronavirus drug AstraZeneca. As specified by the country’s agency for medicines, it is also known about serious or minor bleeding in several young patients who were vaccinated with the same vaccine.