SAFETY MONITORING OF COVID-19 VACCINE: IN A TERTIARY CARE HOSPITAL IN HARYANA
Keywords:Covid 19 vaccine, Adverse drug reactions, Vaccination, ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 vaccine
Objective: The present study aimed to ensure the safety and related potential adverse effects following ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 vaccination (AZD1222) in a scenario when numerous vaccines have been approved on an emergency basis by the WHO and other regulatory agencies to prevent the widespread of COVID-19 infection and to decrease the associated mortality and morbidity.
Methods: This study was an open, non-comparative, non-interventional, observational study conducted on healthcare workers of BPS Govt. medical college for women and elderly people who received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccinationChAdOx1 nCoV-19 vaccine (AZD1222) by conducting their interviews and recording the data
Results: Between January and March 2021, a total of 1907 participants were enrolled in this study. Out of 1907 recipients, 70 recipients reports adverse drug events following vaccination. Myalgia (0.629%), headache (1.31%), fever (≥ 37.5 °C, 0.839%) and fever with chills (≥ 37.5 °C, 1.048) were the most common adverse events after the first dose of vaccination of ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 vaccine (AZD1222. Throat irritation (0.209 %) and Generalised itching (0.262) were the least common adverse events.
Conclusion: ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 (Astrazeneca) has an acceptable safety profile as observed in this study. To our knowledge, very few studies are done that review the safety of COVID-19 vaccines. Further safety data from a larger sample size and of longer duration are warranted to establish safety
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