Hospital cases reported from J&J vaccine trial in South Africa
London, March 13, 2021 (AltAfrica)-There have been cases of hospitalisation and allergic reactions in some health care workers who received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, Professor Linda-Gail Bekker, confirmed to IOL.
However, Bekker, who is a co-lead for the clinical trial, said that the adverse reactions were anticipated and manageable
“Some participants have been hospitalised. Some have been for unrelated medical conditions. For those which have had an allergic reaction and have been hospitalised for cautionary reasons have all been released without sequelae,” said Bekker.
“A very small number of people have had more severe allergies. Mostly a headache, sore arm and a bit of fever and fatigue in some people for a day or two, it is self limiting in most cases. We have not seen any related severe adverse events,” she said.“
As of today, the total number of confirmed #COVID19 cases is 1 526 873 the total number of deaths is 51 179 the total number of recoveries is 1 449 654 and the total number of vaccines administered is 145 215. pic.twitter.com/llUY8mccvl— Dr Zweli Mkhize (@DrZweliMkhize) March 12, 2021
Roll-out for healthcare workers started at the Khayelitsha District Hospital in February, with the Johnson and Johnson vaccine rolled out as part of a phase 3b study, to accumulate additional data towards obtaining regulatory authority approval.
The Johnson and Johnson jab has been shown to offer 57 percent protection against moderate to severe Covid-19 infections caused by a more transmissible new variant, the 501Y.V2 also known as B.1.351, which counts for 90 percent of cases in the country.
So far more than 107,000 healthcare workers have already received this single-jab vaccine as part of the ongoing implementation study.
Bekker also mentioned that there is a lot of enthusiasm from all health care workers to be vaccinated.
“We have been able to move people quite efficiently through our vaccination centres- we are over 100 000 health care workers within the first month,” she said.
Most common side effects from the Johnson and Johnson vaccine are:
In the arm where you got the shot
Throughout the rest of your body: