The government of Slovenia said on Tuesday it will stop the use of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) Covid-19 vaccine after experts confirmed that a 20-year-old died from getting the jab.
Slovenia suspended vaccinations using J&J in September after a woman died of a brain hemorrhage and blood clots days after getting vaccinated with the US-made jab.
“The temporary suspension of vaccinations with Janssen (produced by J&J), in force until now, will become permanent,” Health Minister Janez Poklukar told a news conference after the commission published its findings.
Based on an article posted in medicalexpress.com, with over 16 million J&J vaccine doses being administrated in the European Union until the end of October, six deaths linked to the jab have been confirmed.
Slovenia’s citizens have staged protests against Covid-19 restrictions and plans to make vaccination mandatory. The country has a population of 2 million of which 54 percent have been vaccinated for Covid-19.
In the United States, the J&J vaccine is still being used with the company manufacturing it saying it’s also testing its single-dose viral vector vaccine in response to the possible spread of the Omicron variant.
“We are closely monitoring newly emerging Covid-19 virus strains with variations of the Sars-CoV-2 spike protein and are already testing the effectiveness of our vaccine against the new and rapidly spreading variant first detected in Southern Africa,” Clare Boyle, a J&J spokeswoman, said in a statement.