Jamaica’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr. Jacquiline Bisasor-McKenzie, says that to this point, there have been no native reviews of blood clots linked to the AstraZeneca coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine.
The CMO mentioned that the World Well being Group (WHO) Advisory Committee and the Pharmacovigilance Threat Evaluation Committee (PRAC) of the European Medical Company (EMA) have been assessing, over time, the out there security information on the AstraZeneca vaccine and have concluded that the vaccine will not be essentially related to a rise within the total danger of blood clots, that are thromboembolic pulmonary and deep vein thrombosis (DVT) occasions.
She mentioned the WHO has emphasised that though it’s believable that these occasions might be linked to the vaccine, this has not been confirmed and extra specialised research are wanted with a view to higher characterize the potential affiliation between vaccination and danger components.
Citing WHO/Pan American Well being Group (PAHO) information, Dr. Bisasor-McKenzie identified that roughly 200 million people have acquired the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine globally, with 146 reviews of the very uncommon occasions of blood clots with low platelets.
“Based mostly on the out there info, the WHO and EMA at present contemplate that the advantages of the AstraZeneca vaccine far outweighs the chance, given the chance of morbidity and mortality from COVID-19, and advocate that vaccinations proceed,” she mentioned.
Moreover, she famous, the PAHO/WHO recommends that the protection of all COVID-19 vaccines must be monitored and encourages the reporting and investigation of the presumed antagonistic occasions.
In March, a number of European nations together with France, German, Spain, and Italy had suspended the usage of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine has not been authorized to be used in the USA, however most Caribbean nations have been administering the photographs to their inhabitants.
Jamaica’s minister of well being and wellness, Dr. Christopher Tufton mentioned that the federal government is being guided by WHO and was snug with its distribution of the vaccine.
Dr. Bisasor-McKenzie has suggested sufferers to “search instant medical care if, particularly inside 4 to twenty days of vaccination, they’ve any issue respiration, chest pains, irritation within the legs, persistent stomach ache, neurological signs or small spots of blood beneath the pores and skin past the injection web site”.
“These are occasions which you can have with or with out COVID vaccination, however when you’ve got any of those occasions, you must report instantly to your physician, and that’s our advice from the Ministry of Well being and Wellness as properly,” she mentioned.