From time to time news reports and social media posts can cause us to question and worry about the roll out of the COVID vaccinations. On this page, we aim to provide the facts and reasons behind the current thinking.
An extremely rare side effect of inflammation of the heart muscle (myocarditis) or the fluid-filled sac which surrounds the heart (pericarditis) has been reported following the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.
The cases occurred most frequently in younger men and shortly after the second dose. Cases were typically mild and individuals recovered in a short time following standard treatment and rest.
The July Drug Safety Update from the UK's medicine regulator, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and its independent advisor, the Commission on Human Medicines, advises health professionals to be alert to the signs and symptoms of heart inflammation.
If you've had the vaccine, symptoms to look out for are:
Seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of these symptoms.
The MHRA's advice remains that the benefits of vaccination outweigh the risks in the majority of people.
All suspected adverse reactions should be reported to the MHRA's Yellow Card scheme.
(Answer compiled 17/03/21)
(Answer compiled 08/02/21 using information from the official UK regulatory approval for this vaccine from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency. Follow this link for the full document.
The answer also reflects the views of senior UK scientists, which are that this vaccine appears to prevent severe disease.
The answer has been checked and approved by our Director of Public Health.)