Numbness, shortness of breath and mouth ulcers. These are all reported side effects experienced by South African healthcare workers after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, reports IOL.

The Western Cape has administered a total of 24 865 out of the 25 960 vaccines received to date, as part of the Sisonke trial, reports Premier Alan Winde.

Nation wide, nearly 150 000 healthcare workers have been vaccinated, which started at the Khayelitsha District Hospital in February, continued IOL.

While some experience no symptoms, others have reported body aches, headaches, fever, small swelling, redness, induration/hardness and a rash after being injected, according to Sisonke’ Safety Physician and Medical Monitor, Dr Simbarushe Takuva.

The Sisonke Study aims to reach up to 500,000 healthcare workers in hospitals across all nine provinces, reported IOL.

No deaths have been reported in association with the vaccine.

Those who experience symptoms are advised to contact:

  • The safety desk call centre at 0800 014 956.
  • The electronic adverse report form which is available on the electronic vaccination data system (EVDS).
  • Data is also captured manually from forms that are found at health facilities.

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