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No adverse side effects reported so far as more line up for Covid-19 vaccine

HEALTH & SCIENCEBy MERCY KAHENDA | Mon,Mar 29 2021 00:00:00 EAT
By MERCY KAHENDA | Mon,Mar 29 2021 00:00:00 EAT

Kenyans who have received the Covid-19 jab have not reported adverse side-effects so far besides pain at injection site, headache, tiredness and muscle ache, according to Health Chief Administrative Secretary Mercy Mwangangi.

In other countries mostly in Europe, investigations have been launched regarding people experiencing blood clots. Early this month, Denmark suspended administering Oxford/AstraZeneca jab following fears of blood clot.

“It is noteworthy that a number of countries such as Canada, Spain, Italy, France and Belgium have resumed its use,” said Dr Mwangangi.

The CAS told the Senate Committee on Health chaired by Kisumu Senator Fred Outa that the Ministry is monitoring side effects of the vaccine.

“The Ministry of Health, supported by the Pharmacy and Poisons Board is monitoring reported side effects and so far, no significant side effects that would warrant investigations and/or deaths have been reported,” she said.

Here are the testimonials of some Kenyans who have received Covid-19 vaccination:

‘Either you get the Vaccine or Covid-19’- Dr Patrick Amoth Ag, Director General of Health

 Ministry of Health's (MoH) Director General Patrick Amoth getting vaccinated at Kenyatta National Hospital on March 5, 2021. [Jonah Onyango, Standard]

 Dr Amoth was the first Kenyan to take the vaccine on March 5, during its launch at the Kenyatta National Hospital. 

“I did not experience major side effects, apart from soreness (which lasted for 47 hours). I took no medication for the side effects as l expected them to be transient. Better take the vaccine when your turn comes. It is either you get the Vaccine or Covid-19.”

‘I have not had any side effects’ -Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o, Kisumu Governor, Council of Governors Health chairman 

“I have not had any side effects after taking the vaccine. People should get the jab. It helps without doing any harm. Even if you delay taking it now, please take it as soon as you are comfortable with taking it.”

‘Fear peddled created anxiety’ - Lee Kinyanjui, Nakuru Governor

  Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui.

“I went for the vaccine because I have seen the pain of Covid-19 around me, and will not hesitate to take any measure necessary to reduce severity. Fear peddled has been created anxiety that may propel the side effects.”

‘It helps create herd immunity’- Dr Wilberforce Otichillo, Vihiga Governor

“Since I took the jab, I have not experienced any side effects. We should develop trust with it, and help create herd immunity. Our President Uhuru Kenyatta has shown by example, so let all legible groups get the jab.”

‘I had no side effects. Just 30 minutes drowsiness’- George Natembeya, Rift Valley Regional Commissioner

After receiving his jab two weeks ago, the commissioner said: “I had no side effects. Just some 30 minutes of drowsiness. Vaccination is the only insurance against hospitalisation and reduction of severity of Covid-19.”

‘I have just been a little hungrier than usual’- Dr Michael? Mwachiro, Consultant Surgeon, Tenwek Hospital and Secretary General, Surgical Society of Kenya 

“I am doing fine. I have no side effects noted, but I have just been a little hungrier than usual I am doing work as usual and I would encourage everyone who is eligible to take it.”

‘I took a tab for headache and pain’ -Dr Were Onyino, President, Kenya Medical Association

“I experienced only mild side effects, nausea, headache, generalised fatigue and a mild headache, some pain at injection site, side effects that receded after two days. I took Naproxen tab for the headache and pain.”

‘Disregard the anti vaccine propaganda’- Dr Kirekj Omanwa, President-Elect, Kenya Obstetrical and Gynecological Society

“I took the jab and no side effects at all. I would urge all in the target group to go for the vaccine and disregard the anti vaccine propaganda.”

‘The side effects lasted for four days’- Alfred Obengo, President, Kenya National Nurses Association of Kenya

“I experienced general lethargy, some joint pains, heaviness of the head, feeling sleepy. The side effects lasted for four days. ”People experience different side effects, but I am glad, I did not develop any health complication to worry about.”  

‘I experienced fever and tiredness a day after injection’- Dr Wainaina Daniel, Director,  Medical Services, Nakuru County

“I experienced fever and tiredness a day after the injection and a little tenderness on the injection site which lasted for two days. The vaccine is safe and effective. I have not experienced any serious adverse effects of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. I urge the target groups to embrace the vaccine.”

‘I had mild frontal headache, fever’ -Willie Lusige, KTN journalist, Western Region

“I had fears that most of the people I interview don’t know their Covid-19 status and they don’t wear masks. But when I took the jab I had fears about the side effects. I developed mild frontal headache, fever and general body weakness for two days. I took a break from work, and I am well.”

‘I never felt anything. Everything is very normal’-Edith Anjere

Vihiga County vaccines and Immunizations Coordinator

“I never felt anything. Everything is very normal for me. The public should know the vaccine is safe. It reduces severe forms of the disease, by a bigger margin will reduce the effects of the pandemic and save lives.”

‘I got a mild headache on the day of the vaccine’ - Dr Mercy Korir, Health Editor, Standard Group

Last Monday I took my first dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab. I was anxious because of the unknown - I didn’t know what side effects to expect. Some of my colleagues had had persistent headaches, fever, fatigue, body aches...nothing major. My body handled it well. 

I got a mild headache on the day of the vaccine, nothing to take any medication for. My left arm, at the injection site however ached for 3 days. I still managed to do my work, albeit with discomfort. On Wednesday it was as if nothing happened.

Everyone is responding differently to the jab. You’re likely to hear all manner of experiences but the important thing is that there has been no adverse event as was earlier reported from Europe. The vaccine is safe, take it if you qualify. 

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