81 reports of suspected side effects associated with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine

81 reports of suspected side effects associated with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine

There has been a total of 81 reports of suspected side effects associated with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine in Ireland, it emerged this evening.

Dr. Lorraine Nolan, Chief Executive, Health Products Regulatory Authority, said: "All reports were generally consistent with those typically observed with other vaccines and included events of a mild to moderate nature which resolved or were resolving at the time of reporting.

"Among those most frequently reported were abdominal pain, nausea, fatigue, joint pain and pains in the arms, some experience of dizziness, headache, itching and a rash – all consistent with the known and anticipated side effects as emerged during the clinical trials.

 She added: “While the relatively mild effects described are of course uncomfortable for those who experience them, they do pass quickly and generally do not require any medical treatment.

“Safety monitoring of all medicines, including vaccines, is central to the remit of the HPRA and we intend to publish a regular update of the number and nature of reports regarding suspected side effects with COVID-19 vaccines, as the vaccination roll-out continues," she stated.

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