Not a single person who has taken the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine has had a serious reaction or has been hospitalized, Chief Medical Officer Dr Kenneth George said on Monday.
No major side effects have been reported from the over 38,000 people who have received the vaccination to date, he told journalists.
Dr George also revealed that no one showed any acute allergic reactions or went into anaphylaxis – allergic shock – in the first two weeks of Government’s vaccination programme.
He said: “No we haven’t had any reports of anaphylaxis or severe reactions to the vaccine. The standard things that people complained about are pain at the site of the vaccine, a bit of post-vaccination fever, and just feeling unwell which usually resolves within 24 hours.
“I believe the vaccines are safe and there have been no hospitalizations. But please remember that we have a system called AEFI; Adverse Reactions Following Immunization, which we track in the Ministry of Health and Wellness.”
Overall, a total of 38,615 vaccinations have been administered – 16,447 men and 22,168 women. (RB)