On the Monday, September 27, 2021, episode of Talk with the Health Experts, a social media show presented by the Government Information Service, Brewley-Massiah said the most common side effects recorded across vaccines included fever, headache, muscle aches and chills.
She said others reported pain and tenderness at the injection site coming from evaluations of some 4% of persons who have been vaccinated and reported side effects.
“So, we have a fairly good idea of what is happening at the local level,” the Epidemiologist added.
Harmony Brewley-Messiah said some of the more moderate side effects as a result of the vaccines include dizzy spells and a rare case of body itching.
“Some persons reported erections and extra energy… from the AstraZeneca,” she also revealed.
Regarding the release of information, Harmony Brewley-Massiah said the Public Health Unit has always been transparent regarding collecting and recording data to make appropriate decisions.
“The entire objective of the Unit is the population's health, so we would not want to lure the public into a false sense of security, and we wouldn’t want to push or nudge them in a direction that we think would have a harmful impact on their lives.”
She said if persons do want to record adverse side effects, they can call the Public Health Unit or visit the main website of the Ministry of Health and submit the information via a form.
She said once the effects are really serious and need to be followed up, then the Public Health team will reach out and refer persons to determine whether or not the effect is related to the vaccine.