| Vaccines are the one strategy to management the pandemic, says SAMRC head Prof Glenda Grey

A vaccination site in Soweto. A vaccination website in Soweto.

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  • Regardless of some uncommon unwanted effects, the advantages of vaccines outweigh the dangers, well being consultants have mentioned.
  • SAMRC CEO Professor Glenda Grey has pressured that vaccines are protected and efficient.
  • Uncomfortable side effects are most definitely to current inside six weeks of vaccination.

Regardless of some unwanted effects, vaccines are protected and efficient to make use of, South African Medical Analysis Council (SAMRC) CEO Professor Glenda Grey has mentioned.

In a briefing by the well being division on Friday, Grey mentioned the one strategy to management the pandemic is thru international immunisation.

She mentioned each vaccines at present utilized in South Africa – Johnson & Johnson (J&J) and Pfizer – are protected to make use of and efficient in opposition to the Delta variant of the coronavirus.

Grey added that some unwanted effects of the vaccines embody swelling, redness and ache on the injection website, in addition to fever, complications, tiredness, muscle ache, chills and nausea.

She mentioned some uncommon unwanted effects, which had been recorded internationally, included thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS), anaphylaxis, myocarditis/pericarditis and Guillain-Barré Syndrome.

TTS linked to the J&J vaccinations have been recorded at three circumstances for each million vaccinations administered to adults. Additionally linked to the J&J vaccine has been Guillain-Barré Syndrome, which confirmed 7.8 circumstances for each million doses administered.

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Myocarditis, linked to the Pfizer vaccine, offered solely 3.5 circumstances for each million doses administered to adults.

Compared, a million J&J vaccine doses might stop greater than 3 400 deaths, whereas a million Pfizer doses might stop greater than 3 600 deaths, Grey mentioned.

The advantages of vaccines far outweighed the dangers, Grey mentioned.

She mentioned:

Severe unwanted effects that might trigger a long-term well being drawback are extraordinarily unlikely following any vaccination, together with Covid-19 vaccination.

Opposed unwanted effects are most definitely to occur inside six weeks of receiving the vaccine.

“Tens of millions of individuals have acquired Covid-19 vaccines, and no long-term unwanted effects have been detected,” she added.

Grey additionally mentioned 28 deaths following vaccination in South Africa had been underneath investigation to find out the reason for dying.

She added that those that expertise antagonistic reactions because of the vaccine ought to contact their physician or the well being division in order that these might be studied to ascertain the trigger.

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