Slovakia suspends the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine. What does it mean? (Q&A)

People who have already received appointments will be given another vaccine.

Vaxzervia by AstraZenecaVaxzervia by AstraZeneca (Source: TASR/AP)

The Health Ministry suspended the administration of first doses of the Vaxzevria vaccine by AstraZeneca on Tuesday, May 11.

That means that people aged 18-45, for whom the vaccination strategy deemed this vaccine and who have not been vaccinated yet, need to wait.

The ministry's decision came four days after the State Institute for Drug Control (ŠÚKL) announced that the death of a 47-year-old woman after vaccination with Vaxzevria is probably linked to the vaccine.

Why has the ministry halted the vaccination with AstraZeneca vaccine?

The rest of this article is premium content at
Subscribe now for full access

I already have subscription - Sign in

Subscription provides you with:
  • Immediate access to all locked articles (premium content) on
  • Special weekly news summary + an audio recording with a weekly news summary to listen to at your convenience (received on a weekly basis directly to your e-mail)
  • PDF version of the latest issue of our newspaper, The Slovak Spectator, emailed directly to you
  • Access to all premium content on and

Top stories

News digest: Delta variant changes conditions for travelling

Vaccinated people will enjoy more freedoms when crossing borders. Registration for Johnson&Johnson vaccine launched. Slovakia’s recovery plan approved.

4 h
Marian Kočner in Supreme Court during the appellate proceeding in the Kuciak murder trial.

A retrial of the Kuciak case could sway people’s trust in the justice system

Slovakia breathes a collective sigh of relief as Kočner is stripped of his not-guilty verdict – for now.

7 h
Illustrative stock photo

Extremely hot weather continues, storms expected

Hydrometeorologists have issued several warnings for the coming days.

11 h
Igor Matovič (l) and Veronika Remišová (r)

Fico grows in popularity, Matovič and Remišová see their support drop

On the other hand, the public's trust in Robert Fico of Smer is rising, according to a recent Focus poll.

11 h