Australia – TGA collecting COVID-19 vaccine side effect reports

Australia’s safety monitoring system for COVID-19 vaccines is operating and weekly reports will be published from this Wednesday.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) is collecting and evaluating reports of suspected side effects following the start of Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine program.

Like other medicines and vaccines, COVID-19 vaccines can cause side effects (also known as adverse events). Side effects, if they occur, are usually mild and temporary, lasting one or two days.

To the end of 28 February 2021, the TGA had received 79 reports of suspected adverse events related to the COVID-19 vaccine. The reports received so far are within normal expectations for any vaccine. Early reports have most frequently included cases of feeling faint, headache, dizziness or nausea. Two cases of administration error in a Brisbane aged care facility have also been reported to the TGA and to date have not been associated with any adverse outcome…