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Reporting Reactions to COVID-19 Vaccine


Patients can expect normal side effects after they are vaccinated. Side effects may feel like flu and even affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. This is the immune system responding as it should.

However, patients and healthcare providers can (and in some cases are required to) report side effects and reactions using either v-safe or the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS.) As people get vaccinated, CDC, FDA, and other federal partners will use these and other systems and data sources to conduct ongoing safety monitoring.

Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS)
  • the national system that collects reports from healthcare professionals, vaccine manufacturers, and the public of adverse events that happen after vaccination.
  • healthcare providers are required to report certain adverse events following vaccination to VAERS.
  • for the COVID-19 vaccine, reactions that are required to be reported to VAERS are: death, anaphylaxis and fainting.

V-safe
  • where patients can report any side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • a new smartphone-based, after-vaccination health checker for people who receive COVID-19 vaccines.
  • uses text messaging and web surveys from CDC to check in with vaccine recipients following COVID-19 vaccination.
  • provides second vaccine dose reminders if needed, and telephone follow up to anyone who reports medically significant (important) adverse events.
  • patients receive a v-safe information sheet from their healthcare provider after vaccination.

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