WATCH | Shots, symptoms and side effects: How regulators ensure the safety of Covid-19 vaccines


  • Medicines regulators look out for consumers and constantly monitor the safety of health products.
  • Drug companies have to submit regular safety updates on their Covid-19 jabs to regulatory bodies to track reactions among people who have been vaccinated.
  • Each case is investigated by the regulator and then only if it is scientifically linked to the vaccine is it called a side effect.

Medicines regulators constantly monitor the safety of Covid-19 jabs by tracking reactions among people who have been vaccinated.<

Not all of the reactions are caused by the vaccines themselves - some are due to other factors such as illnesses a person has.

The reactions fall into 3 categories, all of which have to be investigated.

*This story was produced by the Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism. Sign up for the newsletter.

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