Public Urged To Report Any Side Effects After Vaccination - Here's how

Health regulator, SAPHRA, is calling on all members of the public to report any side effects experienced after inoculation through official channels. Here's how members of the public can go about doing it.

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The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) has urged all vaccinated people to report any side effects through its official channels.

The regulatory authority says that anyone experiencing a severe adverse event or an adverse event getting worse without subsiding within 2-3 days, should immediately seek help at their nearest healthcare facility.

We encourage the public to report those adverse events that they may have experienced following the vaccination.

This can be done by contacting a healthcare professional, by downloading the Med Safety App (available for Android and iOS devices), or by calling the Covid-19 hotline on 0800 029 999.

SAHPRA's vigilance manager, Mafora Matlala, says the most commonly reported side effects include a mild headache, pain and redness on the injected area and mild fever.

She also says reporting adverse side-effects will help SAHPRA with its mandate of overseeing vaccine safety monitoring.

We encourage people to report so that we can know the full safety profile of these vaccines.

According to a statement issued by the regulator on Monday, they have so far received 1 473 reports of AEFIs by 31 July 2021 since the official national vaccine rollout began on 17 May 2021. These reports account for a 0.02% reporting rate of the almost 7.1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines administered in South Africa by then.

SAHPRA has also launched a microsite with key information on vaccine safety and adverse events.

 

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