WHO Reports Over 5 Million COVID-19 Vaccine Side Effects
Have you gotten your COVID-19 vaccine yet? If you have, you may have felt some side effects after getting the shot. Side effects are signs that your body is building protection against the virus. They are normal and usually go away in a few days.
But what kind of side effects can you expect from the COVID-19 vaccine? And how many people have reported them? The World Health Organization (WHO) has a database that collects reports of side effects from COVID-19 vaccines around the world. The database is called VigiAccess, and anyone can search it online.
According to VigiAccess, over 5 million side effects have been reported from COVID-19 vaccines as of today.
The most common side effects reported were:
- Nervous system disorders: These are problems that affect your brain, nerves, or spinal cord. They include things like headache, dizziness, fainting, or tingling. About 16% of the reports were about nervous system disorders.
- Musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders: These are problems that affect your muscles, bones, joints, or tendons. They include things like pain, swelling, stiffness, or weakness. About 10% of the reports were about musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders.
- Gastrointestinal disorders: These are problems that affect your stomach, intestines, or other parts of your digestive system. They include things like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or stomach pain. About 7% of the reports were about gastrointestinal disorders.
- Cardiac disorders: These are problems that affect your heart or blood vessels. They include things like chest pain, palpitations, or low blood pressure. About 3% of the reports were about cardiac disorders.
Other side effects that were reported less often include:
- Skin disorders: These are problems that affect your skin, hair, or nails. They include things like rash, itching, redness, or swelling.
- General disorders: These are problems that affect your whole body or more than one part of it. They include things like fever, fatigue, chills, or injection site reactions.
- Respiratory disorders: These are problems that affect your lungs, throat, nose, or mouth. They include things like cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, or runny nose.
- Immune system disorders: These are problems that affect your body’s ability to fight germs or allergies. They include things like allergic reactions or anaphylaxis.
Some people may have more serious side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine than others. Some factors that may increase the risk of serious side effects include:
- Age: Older people may have more side effects than younger people.
- Gender: Women may have more side effects than men.
- Health conditions: People who have certain diseases or take certain medicines may have more side effects than others.
- Vaccine type: Different COVID-19 vaccines may have different side effects.