The National Health Department says it is normal for minor side effects to occur after vaccination.
These include pain or redness in the vaccinated arm, fatigue, and muscle pain. These side effects can last up to three days or a week at most.
The department on Monday asked people with persistent and serious side effects to report them to health workers.
The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) says not everyone who gets the vaccine experiences side effects.
Uncommon and serious side effects include difficulty breathing, swelling of the face and throat, rapid heartbeat, dizziness and weakness, and a severe rash.
“ These serious vaccine side effects are extremely rare. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend monitoring people for 15 minutes after vaccination and those with other allergies for 30 minutes so they can be monitored and treated immediately if they have a reaction, “says NICD. span>
The NICD has developed an app to report side effects of the vaccine. The Med Safety App is available for iOS and Android operating systems.
“The app was developed to facilitate the reporting of suspected AEFIs both by the public and by Simplify and promote healthcare providers. The app also enables the public and health care providers to find out about drug safety news from Sahpra, thereby creating awareness of drugs and their potential side effects. ”
The institute advised People who have had Covid-19 but are either asymptomatic or had mild symptoms to get the vaccination. Likewise, those who experienced side effects after the first vaccination.
“If the side effects were mild or moderate after the first dose, a person should receive the second vaccination. However, if a severe allergic reaction has occurred to the first dose, the second dose is not advisable. Please discuss your options with your doctor as each case must be carefully considered. ”
SA has administered 35,481 J&J vaccines and 182,271 Pfizer vaccines. Country in the last 24 hour cycle.