COVID vaccination has already started in the United States and many other parts of the world. Due to limited information regarding coronavirus, the safety of these COVID vaccines is still a question and many people are hesitant to get themselves vaccinated. However, a new study has revealed that both Pfizer and Moderna COVID vaccines, that are being used in vaccinating the US population are safe and free from side effects.
The chances of vaccine side effects are limited to a tiny fraction of the total of 14 million individuals who have received these vaccines in the first month of the vaccination program.
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There are only 6,994 cases of side effects that showed up immediately after receiving the COVID shot from mid-December 2020 to mid-January 2021.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the first 13 million-plus vaccines distributed during the first half of the vaccination plan reported that Pfizer, as well as Moderna COVID vaccines, are safe for everyone. The risk to benefit ratio for these vaccines undeniably favours using them.
The most common side effects that these vaccines show include headaches (22%), dizziness (16.5%) and lastly, fatigue (16.5%). These findings are recently published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report by CDC.
There are only 640 adverse cases linked with these vaccines which makes only 9% of these extreme cases, resulting in 113 deaths. All the available data on COVID vaccines show that vaccines don’t play any part in any of these death reports. Almost all of these deaths were reported in people who were suffering from underlying health conditions.
There is a low risk of anaphylaxis caused by Pfizer or Moderna COVID vaccines. According to the CDC report, this makes only 4.5 for one million vaccine doses which are negligible. Comparing these cases with flu vaccine cases, nearly 1.4 million cases of anaphylaxis are confirmed in every one million people and 2.5 million cases in the pneumonia vaccine and 9.6 million cases related to shingles vaccines.
There were only 62 confirmed cases of anaphylaxis caused by COVID vaccines, where 46 cases were reported in the Pfizer vaccine and only 16 cases were linked with the Moderna vaccine.
This data is obtained from the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System by US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) along with V-safe, a surveillance system for calculating COVID vaccine side effects.
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The vaccines are still under research and the federal government is ready to modify these vaccines, if necessary. US government is working on an active COVID vaccine safety control monitoring and system which is the biggest and most comprehensive system in entire US history.
There are no unexpected outcomes or series of adverse reactions reported with these COVID vaccines. Also, there are no extreme safety concerns identified throughout this vaccine monitoring, implying them as safe for everyone.
These results are reassuring for the public as well as healthcare providers which are working actively in vaccination programs. Assurance of COVID vaccine safety promotes confidence to receive the vaccine without worrying about the adverse effects.