The Norwegian Medicines Agency has received 9,200 reports of possible side effects after coronavirus vaccination. Out of the total, 4,664 of them have been processed, and 479 have been classified as serious.
A total of 4,185 reports of side effects have been classified as not very serious.
Most of these are common and expected side effects, such as pain around the jab site, headache, fever, fatigue, nausea, and pain in the body.
The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (FHI) has put the vaccination with AstraZeneca’s vaccine on pause following cases of blood clots, bleeding, and a low platelet count in people who had received the vaccine.
However, the WHO and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) have given the vaccine the green light.
In Norway, three such deaths have been reported as of March 23. Two cases have not been reported that have not ended in death.
The Norwegian Medicines Agency believes that there is a probable connection with the vaccine but adds that more research is needed to clarify what triggers the condition.
Furthermore, two deaths have also been reported following a cerebral hemorrhage without a blood clot, and one death was associated with the exacerbation of a previous illness following vaccination against COVID-19.
A new assessment of AstraZeneca vaccines in Norway is expected on Friday.
In the report, the Norwegian Medicines Agency writes that the incidents after vaccination are classified as serious according to five criteria.
The criteria are whether the incident has resulted in 1) a hospital stay or extended hospital stay, 2) persistent and significant disability, 3) life-threatening illness or death, 4) birth defects or congenital malformations, or whether 5) the incident is “considered a medically important event.”
So far, 347 reports have been processed that meet the criteria above but have not ended in death, the Norwegian Medicines Agency noted.
“The most common side effects for serious reports are mainly the same as we see for non-serious reports, such as fever, shortness of breath, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, and fatigue,” it is further stated.
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