Anti-Covid vaccines: what are the side effects and how to report them?

These effects are not serious in the vast majority of cases, even if they can be bothersome, reports the National Medicines Agency.

More than 123 million injections of Covid vaccines in France. These are the figures published on January 7 and updated on Tuesday January 11 from the National Medicines Agency (ANSM).

No report has been identified for the period from December 10 to 30, 2021. But the agency recalls that menstrual disorders declared after vaccination with an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) “are the subject of careful monitoring “.

What are the side effects of the vaccine?

You may experience side effects such as:

“These effects are not serious in the vast majority of cases, even if they can be bothersome,” reports the ANSM (National Agency for the Safety of Medicines and Health Products). They disappear spontaneously within a few days.”

The agency also recalls that these effects are “known and expected and, for some, common to any vaccination”.

But some side effects can sometimes:

  • be particularly intense
  • last long
  • be serious because leading to hospitalization
  • be unknown because they have not been observed or recorded

The ANSM is clear: “Whether they occur just after vaccination or late, these effects must be declared in order to alert the health authorities who will if necessary take the necessary measures to reduce the risks “.

How to declare them?

Health professionals or people who have been vaccinated can report any immediate or delayed undesirable effects following vaccination on the signalement-sante.gouv.fr site.

The reporting form will be adapted to collect additional vaccine data when reporting adverse reactions.

To facilitate reporting, in particular that of serious and / or unexpected side effects, the ANSM makes available to health professionals, vaccinated people and their entourage, guides recalling the principle of the process and the procedure to follow.

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