For patients who have been immunized, ensure that they know who to reach out to in case of any potential side effects or adverse events. Even if you are not providing immunizations, your patients may come to you to report side effects or adverse events.

Symptom Monitoring

Especially as these are new vaccines, it is important to ensure we monitor our patients for any potential side effects and adverse events.

As part of the patient information, there should be a clear process for them to be comfortable reaching out with potential side effects, etc.

Common Side Effects

Some common side effects being reported to date include:

  • Pain or swelling where the vaccine was given
  • Tiredness
  • Headache
  • Fever or chills
  • Muscle or joint soreness
  • Nausea and vomiting

These can happen days to even over a week after the immunization.

Adverse Event Reporting System

If your patient has side effects or an adverse event related to an immunization, please report it through your provincial reporting system.

  • LINK: ****Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System #PROVLINK