As of 4 April 2021, 25.4% of the eligible population has already received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine since the national vaccination campaign started on 23 December 2020. Qatar is currently administering the COVID-19 vaccine from two companies: Pfizer-BioNtech and Moderna.
But like other vaccines, individuals who have received the COVID-19 vaccine may develop side effects from it. The side effects are usually minor and are a normal occurrence as our bodies build immunity to the virus. However, some individuals may also develop more severe side effects.
Extensive clinical trials and real-life use of the vaccine on more than 200 million people around the world have shown the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines to be safe. However, as with any vaccine, people may experience mild side effects including low-grade fever, mild headache, fatigue, and soreness at the injection site. - MoPH COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ
Common side effects on the arm where you've got the shot include pain, redness and swelling while throughout the rest of your body, side effects include tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, fever, and nausea, according to US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The US CDC also added that the "side effects can affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days."
Do you want to speak to a physician about the COVID-19 vaccine side effects you're experiencing? You can call 16000.
According to the Ministry of Public Health, there are "no severe reactions recorded to date" since the start of the vaccination program. The ministry also mentioned:
It is very important that we collect and monitor any side effects that people are having from the Covid-19 vaccine.
Please continue and complete the information about your side effects using this service, it should only take a few minutes.
It is important to record symptoms for all the doses. So please note you need to submit feedback for each dose separately.
1. Click on this link: https://vaccinefeedback-covid19.moph.gov.qa/Home/Index. The form is available in English and Arabic. Click the upper right button to switch to Arabic.
2. Click 'Proceed with Feedback'.
3. Login using your National Authentication System (NAS) Tawtheeq username and password. Usually, your QID is your username but in case you didn't use your QID, additional information will be requested to authenticate your identity.
4. After login, you will be redirected to the feedback page. Fill in the following information:
5. Click 'Submit Feedback'.
6. A pop-up will appear and you will be asked to confirm the side effects you selected. Click 'Continue'.
7. You will be notified that your feedback has been submitted successfully. You can submit feedback for your second dose by clicking on the 'Submit Another Feedback' button.
The COVID-19 vaccine is only given to people who have received invitations to get the vaccine and who have met the criteria set forth in the framework of the COVID-19 National Vaccination Program. Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) has lowered the age threshold for COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to 40 years of age since 30 March 2021.
Have you downloaded and printed your COVID-19 vaccine certificate? Click here to know How to download your COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate!
You can also watch the step-by-step procedure to download your COVID-19 vaccine certificate here: https://www.iloveqatar.net/videos/qatarGuide/how-download-covid-19-vaccination-certificate-qatar
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Source: Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) Qatar
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