Coronavirus: vaccines may have side effects, the Scientific Committee says

Published by Laurent P. · Published on 31 July 2020 at 11h03 · Updated on 31 July 2020 at 15h29
In a public released on Friday July 24, 2020, the Scientific Committee calls to “elaborate a domestic vaccinal strategy” to fight against coronavirus, but also warned about the likely side effects vaccine may cause. Headaches, chills, fatigue… What side effects can be expected? We tell you more on the matter.

The research for a vaccine against coronavirus is still going on… As several clinical trials are on, and some are really far ahead and already in last testing stage before being produced and commercialized, many French people wonder about these potential vaccines soon on the market… Will they effectively protect us from the virus? For how long are we immune? As of today, even though preliminary results on the latest clinical trials are encouraging, we shall wait until the conclusions of the last stages to be sure.

As for likely vaccines, there is another matter that has been preoccupying French people: the likely side effects they may cause. As our peers from BFMTV say: “side effects are common after vaccination” and it is important to inform people so that the vaccination campaign goes on smoothly. This is what the Scientific committee has done with a release published on Friday July 24: “Covid-19 vaccination is more specifically an uncertain matter that can feed doubts on its efficacy” it reads. And among these doubts, the “possible side effects in some people”.

What are these side effects? In different clinical trials in participating patients, “more than half reported fatigue, headaches, chills, or pain at the injection site” the NIH said on Tuesday July 21. Effects that of course depend on the injected dose or the person the candidate vaccine has been inoculated in. “It is possible the injection site turns red, painful or slightly swollen. It is possible to have a fever, headaches or body achesVaccination infos-services says, adding “These are very common and normal reactions that only last two days after vaccination”.

It will not prevent you from being vaccinated as soon as doses are on the market. But communication remains vital to encourage people to take part in the next vaccinating campaign: “As with many vaccines, we have found that if we let people know what to expect, then they have fewer concerns if side effects happen” director of the Center for Vaccine Development at the University of Maryland School of Medecine Kathleen Neuzil tells Stat. you now hold all the cards…

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