The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) says the reporting of adverse effects after COVID-19 vaccination has been at its lowest in South Africa compared to other countries around the world.

The regulator together with the Department of Health hosted a webinar on self-reporting of suspected adverse reactions after vaccination.

With an increasing number of vaccinations, there has been growing concern about its side effects.

Webinar on self-reporting suspected adverse reactions to medicines and vaccines:

Mafora Matlala, SAHPRA Pharma-Covigilance Manager, says she is encouraging any person who experiences adverse effects after receiving the jab to report it on the Med Safety app.

“We have the Med Safety app, e-reporting and paper-based system. This mobile app was developed by the medicines and health products regulatory authority that is based in the UK together with WHO in the reporting of adverse drug reactions and adverse effects following immunisation. According to international statistics, it is reported that less that 2% of adverse drug reactions or events are being reported. So in South Africa, reporting has been at it’s lowest,” says Matlala.

SAHPRA finds no evidence linking the Covid-19 vaccine to 32 deaths investigated