Yes. COVID-19 vaccines undergo strict protections to help ensure their safety.
COVID-19 vaccines undergo rigorous testing in clinical trials to prove that they meet internationally agreed standards for safety and efficacy before receiving authorization from WHO and national regulatory agencies.
Currently, six vaccines are approved for use in Rwanda namely Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Sinopharm and Sputnik V.
Similarly to any vaccines, COVID-19 vaccines occasionally cause side effects, even though many people do not experience them.
The vast majority of side-effects are mild and short-lived. They can include pain on the injection site, fatigue, fever, chills, nausea or a headache.
Severe side effects are extremely rare. If side effects worsen or don’t go away after a few days, contact your healthcare provider.
The interval between doses depends on which vaccine you get.
For the Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, and Sinopharm an interval of three to four weeks is recommended between two vaccine doses. For AstraZeneca an interval of six to eight weeks is recommended between two vaccine doses. The Johnson & Johnson and Sputnik V are still given as a single dose vaccine as studies are ongoing to assess the need for a booster dose.
Yes, pregnant women or recently pregnant women are more at risk of developing severe COVID-19 illness, hence COVID-19 vaccination is recommended if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or trying to get pregnant now.