A 36-year-old vaccinated with Janssen dies of stroke in Spain: What is the age limit for the monodose?

Health authorities are investigating the death of a 36-year-old man from a town in the Sierra Sur de Sevilla who suffered a stroke in early July, ten days after receiving the Janssen vaccine against covid-19. The EFE Agency collects that the Junta de Andalucía has already transferred the file to the Andalusian Center for Pharmacovigilance, which informed the Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products (AEMPS).

The medical report, collected by EFE, reflects that the deceased had no pathologies prior to the vaccination, which he received on June 25 at his workplace, and began to feel bad a few days later. On July 5, feeling worse, he was transferred to the La Merced hospital in Osuna, where it was determined that he had suffered a stroke, so he was sent to the Virgen del Rocío hospital in Seville, where he died.

Serious Janssen Side Effects

So far, the Spanish health records do not include any deaths related to the Janssen vaccine. However, it is a rare adverse reaction that is listed in the vaccine package insert. In addition, its administration is discouraged in people with a history of heparin-induced thrombocytopenia, as has been reported with AstraZeneca.

Thus, the sixth pharmacovigilance report of the AEMPS states that some symptoms to take into account due to possible thrombosis are: leg pain, seizures and changes in mental status as possible signs. The symptoms of Thrombosis with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome should also be taken into account: intense or persistent headache, blurred vision, skin bruises that are not located at the vaccination site and that appear after several days, shortness of breath, chest pain, leg swelling, or persistent abdominal pain.

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What age limit does the Janssen vaccine have in Spain?

The cases of thrombosis arising in those vaccinated with AstraZeneca caused Spain to set the age limit at 60 years. In the same vein, the Janssen vaccine began to be administered only to those under 70 years of age. However, that age limit was lowered to 40 years. Despite this, there are a number of citizens over the age of 18 who have received the single-dose vaccine.

– Vulnerable groups from the social, economic and/or labor point of view (such as homeless people, the fruit and vegetable sector and immigrants without regularization of the administrative situation)

– People who are difficult to vaccinate (large dependents with difficult accessibility, those with profound autism and mental illness with a high risk of agitation due to their underlying pathology)

– People difficult to recruit for vaccination (sea workers who carry out deep-sea fishing in long-term campaigns and population in internment or supervised centers)

– Cooperants who travel on mission to high-risk countries and people who, due to their activity, will not be in Spain on the dates of the second dose

The Spanish collects that these population groups will be informed of the risks and situations in which medical care should be requested.

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