KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 1 — The government has received about 7.5 reports of serious side effects from Covid-19 vaccination for every 100,000 vaccine doses administered, Khairy Jamaluddin said today.
The health minister said that based on the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency’s (NPRA) reporting system, the rate of overall reporting of adverse events following immunisation (AEFI) was 0.53 per 1,000 doses administered.
From these 0.53 AEFI reports per 1,000 doses, 0.04 of them were categorised as serious AEFI.
This translates to 0.075 serious AEFI reports per 1,000 doses, or 7.5 per 100,000 doses.
“Majority of serious cases only require a short period of hospitalisation for observation and treatment,” Khairy told a media briefing today.
“To date, not even one death has shown a causal link from vaccination.”
A total of 34,455,366 vaccine doses were administered from the start of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme on February 24 to August 30, with 20.7 responses for every 1,000 doses received on the MySejahtera app for documented minor reactions.
“Injection site pain, headache and lethargy are the majority of events experienced among the vaccine recipients,” said Khairy.
He added that the Ministry of Health (MOH) will release a “huge amount of data” on AEFI next week, such as on the types of AEFI reported.
“We’ll release as part of my commitment to provide more transparency to you by next week on AEFI numbers.”