Canadian researchers to study best approaches to possible adverse events following COVID-19 vaccination.
Source: COVID-19 Immunity Task Force
The Government of Canada, through its COVID-19 Immunity Task Force (CITF) and Vaccine Surveillance Reference Group (VSRG), is investing approximately $800,000 for a study that aims to further improve Canada’s identification and response to adverse events people may experience following COVID-19 vaccination across 10 provinces. This study is an extension of an existing vaccine safety program that provides important public health information about adverse events following immunization (AEFI) for all vaccines authorized for use in adults and children.
“While the benefits of the COVID-19 vaccination continue to outweigh the risks, when a patient develops an unexpected or serious adverse event that requires medical attention, it is important we determine the possible role of the vaccine and the safety of giving future vaccine doses to this specific person or to people with similar adverse events,” explains Dr. Karina Top, Principal Investigator (PI) of the project and lead investigator of the Canadian Immunization Research Network’s (CIRN) Special Immunization Clinic (SIC) Network, which is conducting the study. Dr. Top is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Community Health and Epidemiology at Dalhousie University and an investigator at the Canadian Center for Vaccinology.
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