AstraZeneca vaccine side effects: The eight ‘most common’ side effects – EMA

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The vaccination experiment in the UK is working, with deaths and cases plunging. Vaccinating at this speed and scale has generated other key findings about the coronavirus vaccines. Health bodies have assembled the list of the side effects that each of the vaccines may induce.

According to the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the most common side effects with COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca – one of the main vaccines deployed against the virus – in the trials were usually mild or moderate and got better within a few days after vaccination.

The most common side effects are pain and tenderness at the injection site, headache; tiredness; muscle pain; general feeling of being unwell; chills; fever; joint pain and nausea.

According to the EMA, these common side effects are reported to affect more than one in 10 people.

There are also a host of less common side effects that have been reported.

According to the EMA, vomiting and diarrhoea occurred in less than one in 10 people receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Decreased appetite, dizziness, sweating, abdominal pain and rash occurred in less than one in 100 people, the health body reports.

“Allergic reactions have occurred in people receiving the vaccine,” it adds.

“As for all vaccines, COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca should be given under close supervision with appropriate medical treatment available.”

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What about the link to blood clots?

There have been reports in some countries of a small number of people having blood clots after the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

The MHRA (the UK’s drug regulator) says the current evidence does not suggest the clots were caused by the vaccine and you should still get vaccinated when invited.

A recent US study conducted provided further reassurance.

The study, involving more than 30,000 participants, found no evidence that the vaccine causes blood clots.

When will I receive my vaccine?

The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus.

In England, the vaccine is being offered in some hospitals and pharmacies, at local centres run by GPs and at larger vaccination centres.

More centres are opening all the time.

It’s being given to:

  • People aged 50 and over
  • People at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)
  • People who live or work in care homes
  • Health and social care workers
  • People with a condition that puts them at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)
  • People with a learning disability
  • People who are a main carer for someone at high risk from coronavirus.

The order in which people will be offered the vaccine is based on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

You must wait to be contacted.

The NHS will let you know when it’s your turn to have the vaccine.

It’s important not to contact the NHS for a vaccination before then.

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