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Serious adverse events and fatal outcomes following COVID-19 vaccination in the UK: lessons for other countries

Bhatia, Mrigesh, Putcha, Venkata R P, Dwivedi, Laxmi Kant and Singh, D. P. (2021) Serious adverse events and fatal outcomes following COVID-19 vaccination in the UK: lessons for other countries. The International Journal of Community and Social Development, 3 (4). 396 - 402. ISSN 2516-6026

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Identification Number: 10.1177/25166026211053485


Vaccines have taken the centre stage in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic, and in reducing hospitalisation and associated mortality. Countries around the world are heavily dependent on the successful rollout of their vaccination programmes to open up the societies and re-start their economies. However, the success of any vaccine programme, to a large extent, depends upon the efficacy and safety of the vaccines. Given that UK has been way ahead in vaccinating its population, is considered a successful model compared to other countries in Europe and elsewhere and has a yellow card reporting system for adverse events, we use UK as an example to understand the side effects and fatal outcomes following vaccinations. Our results show that AstraZeneca seems to be underperforming in terms of overall reporting of minor adverse events, serious incidents and fatal outcomes following vaccination. The risk of serious anaphylactic reaction and fatal outcome was 1.36 and 1.17 times more in case of AstraZeneca vaccine when compared with Pfizer BioNTech vaccine. The analysis has implications for vaccine policies and programmes both at nation-state and global levels.

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Additional Information: © 2021 The Authors
Divisions: Health Policy
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2021 12:39
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2022 18:03

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