Healthcare professionals are reminded to be vigilant and know the signs of myocarditis and pericarditis. Symptoms of myocarditis can include new onset chest pain, shortness of breath and an abnormal heartbeat. It’s important that anyone who experiences these symptoms in the first few days after vaccination seeks medical attention promptly.
The CV-ISMB remains confident about using the Pfizer vaccine in New Zealand. For specific information about the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine visit the Medsafe website.
A reporting form for adverse events following immunisation (AEFIs) with COVID-19 vaccines is available on the Centre for Adverse Reactions Monitoring (CARM) website and is designed to make reporting of AEFIs easier. Please use this form to report all suspected AEFIs for COVID-19 vaccines. You do not have to be certain that the vaccine caused the event in order to report. See our COVID-19 vaccination rollout page for more information, under the 'Possible adverse events and how to report these' section.