Mbabane: Minister of Health Lizzie Nkosi says a helpline will be introduced which people will call in case they experience side-effects after vaccination.
Nkosi said this on Thursday, when receiving the 20 000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines which were donated by the Republic of India.
Minister Nkosi encouraged Emaswati to register for vaccination as this vaccine has proven to reduce incidents of acute illness and death. She said the ministry of health will monitor all those who have taken the vaccine and trainers will continue to educate the nation about side-effects.
“We have several teams that will be responsible for the vaccination exercise. One of them is the team from Israel; which will assist with logistics. We also have a team from Cuba that will assist with logistics as well as our own health workers who have been trained on vaccination,” Nkosi said.
Possible side effects
According to the government of Canada’s official website, in general, the side effects observed during the clinical trials are similar to what you might have with other vaccines.
The side effects that followed vaccine administration in clinical trials were mild or moderate. They included things like pain at the site of injection, body chills, feeling tired and feeling feverish.
These are common side effects of vaccines and do not pose a risk to health.
As with all vaccines, there’s a chance that there will be a serious side effect, but these are rare. A serious side effect might be something like an allergic reaction. Speak with your health professional about any serious allergies or other health conditions you may have before you receive this vaccine.
Health Canada has conducted a rigorous scientific review of the available medical evidence to assess the safety of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. No major safety concerns have been identified in the data that reviewed.