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SAHPRAMoneyweb reports that the SA Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) and the Department of Health (DoH) claimed in a webinar on Monday that no one in SA has died to date as a direct result of receiving a Covid-19 vaccine.

Investigations into reported Covid-19 related deaths showed that people died either as a result of contracting the virus before vaccination or contracting the virus shortly after inoculation, but none died because of taking an actual vaccine dose. “So these people that died because of Covid-19, they had already incubated Covid-19 at the time of vaccination or they contracted Covid-19 shortly after being vaccinated, before they could mount an adequate immune response,” National Immunisation Safety Expert Committee chair Professor Hannelie Meyer advised. The Sahpra data on vaccine side effects comes after a recent survey by Ask Afrika and the Government Communication and Information System found that 23% of South Africans were hesitant to take the vaccine because they feared vaccine side effects. It was also revealed during the webinar that the DoH would establish a ‘No Fault Compensation Scheme’ for adverse events following immunisation. The scheme will be aimed at compensating people who suffered serious vaccine injury as a result of taking the Covid-19 vaccine in SA. However, a causal link will have to be established and therefore proof would have to be provided that the vaccine caused the adverse event. This causal link will be established by the national immunisation safety expert committee.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Akhona Matshoba at Moneyweb


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