The Ministry of Health has noted with concern a video clip circulating on social media platforms depicting a male patient suffering from what looks like throat cancer, claiming it was the result of a COVID-19 vaccine. .
The Department would like to remind and ask all people who experience adverse reactions after vaccination to report immediately to the nearest health facility or vaccination site. Each province and district has assigned people to investigate serious and serious adverse events after vaccination within 48 hours of their identification or reporting to the health system.
However, there is no time limit for reporting an event. All adverse events following vaccination are taken seriously and appropriate action can only be taken if reported. COVID-19 vaccines are very safe and highly effective at preventing hospitalization and death, which is why we discourage members of the public from using other people’s health conditions and life experiences to push their theories. to justify the unjustifiable opposition to this vital intervention.
All vaccines and medications have side effects, with the majority of COVID-19 vaccine side effects being minor and resolving within 2-3 days. Although individuals react differently to vaccination and side effects differ slightly from vaccine to vaccine, the most common side effects of COVID-19 vaccines include headache, mild fever, chills, pain and/or redness at the injection site, fatigue, muscle aches, nausea. and mild diarrhea. Serious adverse events following vaccination are very rarely caused by vaccination.
These are most often health events that would have occurred whether or not a vaccine had been received. Rare vaccine side effects can be successfully managed if identified early. Uncommon, severe, and serious adverse events should always be reported for further investigation, including those that require medical attention or hospitalization.
It is important to understand if the vaccine was responsible for the event, or if it occurred coincidentally with the vaccination, even those that improved clinically or resolved spontaneously.
After reporting the case, the Designated Investigators will obtain the medical records of the person who experienced the adverse event and submit this data to the National Immunization Safety Expert Committee (NISEC) without passing judgment themselves on the cause of the adverse event.
Adverse events after vaccination can be reported using the Med Safety app (https://medsafety.sahpra.org.za/) or by completing a paper “Case Report Form” accessible at https://www.nicd.ac.za/diseases-az-index/adversenext-event-aefi-vaccination/.
The form should be returned by email to [email protected] Alternatively, the public COVID-19 hotline can be contacted on 0800 0299 99.