Vaccine Safety

Vaccine Safety

Are COVID-19 vaccines safe?
Yes. There are strict protections in place to help ensure the safety of all COVID-19 vaccines. Before receiving authorisation from the World Health Organiz...
Are COVID-19 vaccines being tested in South Africa?
Yes. Vaccine development and clinical trials are a key research priority for COVID-19 in Africa. Voluntary clinical trials for COVID-19 vaccines continue to...
Have clinical trials for the COVID-19 vaccines been rushed?
No, clinical trials for COVID-19 vaccines have not been rushed. Given the urgent need for COVID-19 vaccines, unprecedented investment and scientific collab...
What are the side effects of COVID-19 vaccines?
Like any vaccine, COVID-19 vaccines can cause mild side effects, such as a low-grade fever or pain or redness at the injection site. Most reactions to vacci...
Can you have an allergic reaction from the vaccine?
There have been reports of severe allergic reactions in a small number of people who received a COVID-19 vaccine. A severe allergic reaction – such as anaph...
Who should not get the COVID-19 vaccine?
Your healthcare provider can best advise on whether or not you should receive a COVID-19 vaccine. However, based on available evidence, people with the foll...
Is it safe for pregnant women, those planning to become pregnant and breastfeeding mothers to receive COVID-19 vaccines?
Yes, vaccination is safe for pregnant women. Pregnancy puts women at higher risk of severe COVID-19, and for this reason, it is advised that vaccines are of...
Can children get vaccinated?
Yes, children 12-17 years of age can be vaccinated safely.
Are mRNA vaccines safe? If they are based on new technology, how can we be sure?
The COVID-19 mRNA vaccine technology has been rigorously assessed for safety, and clinical trials have shown that mRNA vaccines provide a long-lasting immun...
Can I get vaccinated if I'm on medication and/or have a pre-existing condition?
If you have a chronic condition, have a pre-existing condition  or are on medication, contact your doctor to discuss vaccination. If you do not have your ow...