Manawatu Standard

Reaction events reports after Covid jabs ‘‘in line’’


Newdata released on adverse reactions after receiving the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine is in line with what officials expected to see, an expert says. Medsafe’s latest report on adverse events after immunisati­on (AEFI) covers the three-week period from February 20 to March 13 – when 22,588 doses had been administer­ed. There were 65 newnonseri­ous and three newserious cases reported. Two of the three serious caseswere allergic reactions and were managed appropriat­ely. The third ‘‘serious’’ casewas a reactogeni­city reaction, where the patient experience­d flu-like symptoms. Overall, of the 215 AEFI reports up to March 13, just six – 2.7 per cent – were deemed ‘‘serious’’. No potential safety issues have been identified. Director of the Immunisati­on Advisory Centre Dr Nikki Turner said the adverse reactions reports were ‘‘totally in line with internatio­nal experience’’, and fit with what health officials expected to see.

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