OVER 700 ADVERSE REACTIONS TO COVID-19 VACCINES RECORDED

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Head of the National COVID-19 Vaccination Programme Dr. Melody Ennis says there have been 738 reports of adverse reactions to vaccines since Jamaica began its vaccination programme.

Dr. Ennis says 165 of the reports have been deemed serious.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine has had the least adverse reaction to date.

Dr. Ennis explains that some people had one, or more, of the conditions deemed serious.

These include conditions that require hospitalization, may be life-threatening, are medically significant, or may result in death.

The AstraZeneca vaccine had 142 serious reactions, Pfizer had 20, Johnson & Johnson had 2, and Moderna had 1.

The individual with the adverse reaction to Moderna had taken the vaccine out of the country, came home, and fell ill.

Dr. Ennis notes that the anaphylactic reactions occurred in less than 1% of the population.

She says younger people have had more adverse reactions, than older people.

She was speaking at this week’s COVID Conversation.