As health experts all over the world continue to urge people to get vaccinated against COVID-19, the vaccination has been linked to several severe side effects.
Since the first vaccine jab was approved last December, many cases of myocarditis, blood-clotting disorders, anaphylaxis, Guillain-Barre syndrome, and even Bell’s palsy have been reported to the federal Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).
The data from VAERS is continued to be used by many activist groups and skeptics working to scare people so they would not get vaccinated. However, people should go ahead and get themselves inoculated as vaccines, as per experts, reduces hospitalizations and deaths, American Council on Science and Health reported.
According to reports, activist groups and skeptics are citing the VAERS data despite the non-verification of the authenticity of the self-reported claims. Once certain data is investigated and found to be false or less damaging than initially thought, the skeptics and the activist groups discard such information they put out. People reading such data should be wary of this.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently said that it has evaluated the COVID-19 vaccines and continues to do so. In its recent findings, the agency’s officials said that most of the adverse reactions of vaccines were mild to moderate. Severe reactions recorded were usually unrelated to the vaccine. The most common adverse effects include pain at the injection site, fever, headache, fatigue, and myalgia.
Mexico’s Epidemiological Surveillance System also conducted a study that sampled 704,003 first-dose recipients of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. They found that 6,536 had adverse effects after the immunization. Of the said number, 65.1 percent had at least one non-serious reaction, headache being the most common non-serious side effect. Thirty-three of the sample population had severe reactions, and seizure is the most common. However, researchers said it was probably unrelated to the vaccination.
The researchers noted that “the coexistence of structural or genetic causes explains epileptic seizure” in the recorded cases.
The Centers for Disease Control And Prevention (CDC) also published a report this month regarding the efficacy of the three U.S.-authorized vaccines. In the report, the agency said: “The estimated benefits (prevention of COVID-19 disease and associated hospitalizations, ICU admission, and deaths) outweighed the risks in all persons aged less than 18 years old included in the analysis.” Some of the serious adverse effects found by the CDC are Guillain-Barré syndrome, thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome, and myocarditis.