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The Caribbean Public Health Agency Launches Portal to Report Adverse Reaction of the COVID-19 Vaccine

The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is also doing its part in the region-wide effort to keep track of COVID-19 in the region. According to the agency’s website, in January, its Caribbean Regulatory System (CRS) launched a portal so that any medical professional from across the regional can report if someone has had any adverse events or –AEFIs– after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. A release says that this mechanism is designed to assist immunization programs within the region’s Ministries of Health to collect case reports of those who have reported any kind of harmful event after getting the jab. For example, the form asks doctors, nurses and pharmacists if a patient who has received the jab experienced a severe local reaction – like a rash at the injection site – brain swelling, seizures and a high fever of more than 38 degrees Celsius or 100 degrees Fahrenheit and blood clotting. In addition to the affected person’s vital statistics – age and sex, for example – the form asks for the vaccine manufacturer’s name and whether the person has received the first or second dose. The form also asks the medical practitioner to enter the person’s past medical history. When all this information is collected by CARPHA, it is then forwarded to the Ministry of Health in the reporting person’s country to start close monitoring and follow-up. You may find the AEFI on CARPHA’s website at www.carpha.org./// <www.carpha.org./>