Naitala ng National Adverse Events Following Immunization na pananakit ng ulo at sa parteng nabakunahan ang pangunahing epekto ng COVID-19 sa mga indibidwal na nakatanggap na nito.
Ayon kay Dr. Eileen Alikpala Cuajunco, “mild and of limited duration” lamang umano ang madalas na maitalang epekto matapos mabakunahan.
Paglilinaw din niya, “Not all reported adverse events are caused by the vaccines.”
Para naman umano sa mga nakatanggap ng bakuna mula sa Sinovac, naitala ang pagtaas ng blood pressure, sakit ng ulo, pananakit ng parteng nabakunahan, pagkahilo, at pagkakaroon ng pantal sa katawan.
Sa mga nabakunahan naman ng AstraZeneca, nakaramdan ang ilan ng lagnat, sakit ng ulo, pananakit ng parteng nabakunahan, chills, at muscle pain.
Paliwanag ni Cuajunco, maaaring lumabas ang epekto ng bakuna ilang minuto matapos itong maibigay, subalit siniguro niya sa publiko na, “it’s transient and it tells you that your immune response is working.”
“Knowing that you can have an allergy or you can have pain at the injection site, it is not recommended to pre-medicate with an anti-allergy or take paracetamol before the vaccine. We would like to see if you really have a reaction,” dagdag din niya.
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