The administration of the third dose of the vaccine is increasing its target audience. While in Spain it has been decided to inject the elderly in nursing homes and individuals in the risk group , in the US it is already moving towards an immunization of those over 60 years of age, as is happening in Israel.
The pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and BioNTech explain in a statement that the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee of the US Food and Drug Administration (VRBPAC) has voted in favor of administering a booster dose in people 65 years of age. A position that will be fulfilled if decided by the US drug agency, the FDA for its acronym in English.
Pfizer’s reported side effects
A study conducted by the Israel Ministry of Health and published in The New England Journal of Medicine revealed that reported adverse events were lower than those seen after the second dose. However, the pharmaceutical companies explain in a statement the adverse reactions that can be experienced after vaccination.
- Severe Allergic Reaction: Signs of this serious allergic reaction may include shortness of breath, swelling of the face and throat, rapid heartbeat, a rash all over the body, dizziness and weakness.
- Myocarditis and pericarditis: Myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) and pericarditis (inflammation of the outer lining of the heart) have occurred in some people who have received the vaccine. In most of these people, symptoms started within a few days of receiving the second dose of the vaccine. The chance of this happening is very low.
People should seek medical attention immediately if they have any of the following symptoms after receiving the vaccine: chest pain, shortness of breath, feelings of a racing, pounding, or pounding heart
- Other side effects: rash, itching, hives or swelling of the face, pain at the injection site, tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain, fever, swelling at the injection site, redness at the injection site, nausea, feeling unwell, swollen lymph nodes (lymphadenopathy), diarrhea, vomiting, arm pain.