This week South Africa experienced its first vaccination since the pandemic started in March 2020. According to the health minister and the president, this is the first step to a greater position in the fight against the coronavirus. Dr Zweki Mkhize and Cyril Ramaphosa were one of the first South African citizens to get vaccinated. What they initially wanted to show with this act is the fact that the vaccine is safe to take.
All this happened at the start of the week, and it's been 2 full days since the President and the health minister got vaccinated. People are now asking themselves one questions, what are the side effects that come with the vaccine. When the vaccine initially arrived, neither the president nor the health minister said anything about the potential side effects. A report has now been done all over the world and was released for the public to finally know what they are getting into.
When the whole issue of the vaccines came about, most South Africans thought they would come with severe side effects but that has not proven to be the case, the president has not been reported to have any bad sickness or whatsoever. According to an article by Business insider, the following was found in the study:
" frequent reactions were fatigue, headache, muscle ache and pain at the “injection site” – the arm which received the vaccination. Older people reported lower levels of complaints.
Side effects were mostly experienced on the day of immunisation or the next day, and “generally” disappeared within 24 hours.
Only 9% of those who received the vaccine as part of Johnson & Johnson trials reported a fever – and only 0.2% suffered a grade 3 fever (above 39.0°C and below 40.0°C), the company reported at the end of January.
No one who received the vaccine saw a severe allergic reaction. There were more “serious adverse events” among people who received the placebo as part of the trial than those who received the vaccine"
After all this time of confusion around the vaccines, the truth is that the vaccine is not a mind-controlling chip, a means of depopulating 3 billion Africans or anything of that sort, but it is a drug that is made to reduce the risk of more people dying from this coronavirus. South Africans can now feel safe to take the jab as they have seen that there are more benefits than there are disadvantages.
It must be noted that these side effects are only for the Johnson and Johnson vaccine and not the other 2 vaccines that are available in the country. The news about those will soon be released and people will understand what their side effects are.
What is your take on the matter? Do you now feel safe taking the vaccine? Are you going to register to take it as soon as it become a available for the public?
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