For patients who have been immunized, ensure that they know who to reach out to in case of any potential side effects or adverse events. Even if you are not providing immunizations, your patients may come to you to report side effects or adverse events.
Especially as these are new vaccines, it is important to ensure we monitor our patients for any potential side effects and adverse events.
As part of the patient information, there should be a clear process for them to be comfortable reaching out with potential side effects, etc.
Common Side Effects
Some common side effects being reported to date include:
- Pain or swelling where the vaccine was given
- Fever or chills
- Muscle or joint soreness
- Nausea and vomiting
These can happen days to even over a week after the immunization.
The Centre for Effective Practice has some short summaries for each vaccine:
- Pfizer Vaccine Side Effect Summary (CEP)
- Moderna Vaccine Side Effect Summary (CEP)
- AstraZeneca Vaccine Side Effect Summary (CEP)
- Janssen Vaccine Side Effect Summary (CEP)
Adverse Event Following Immunization (AEFI) Reporting
If your patient has side effects or an Adverse Event Following Immunization (AEFI), please report it through your provincial reporting system.
Alberta’s AEFI Reporting Requirements
In Alberta, Adverse Events Following Immunization must be reported to the AHS AEFI team within three (3) days of the health practitioner determining or being informed that a patient has had an AEFI that has not yet been reported. The process is outlined here:
Include information to each client on participation in CANVAS’ active surveillance process for adverse events following immunization. A poster to support patient enrollment is available.
BC’s AEFI Reporting Requirements
BC has a general AEFI reporting process:
Manitoba’s AEFI Reporting Requirements
If your patient has side effects or an adverse event related to an immunization, please report it through the Manitoba provincial reporting system. (PHIMS) or through a PDF Form
Nova Scotia’s AEFI Reporting Requirements
Ontario’s AEFI Reporting Requirements
Please report any AEFI to Public Health Ontario through your local public health office. Process Overview is here and the fillable PDF is available online:
PEI’s AEFI Reporting Requirements
PEI reporting is through the Provincial Safety Management System
- Cheat Sheet: How to report AEFI in the Provincial Safety Management System (PDF)
Quebec’s AEFI Reporting Requirements
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Saskatchewan’s AEFI Reporting Requirements
Adverse Events Following Immunization
- SHA Reporting Process for COVID-19 Adverse Events Following Immunization (April 22, 2021)
- Saskatchewan AEFI User Manual (eHealth) (May 5, 2021)
- Adverse Events – Reporting – Chief Medical Health Officer (January 29, 2021)
- Reporting of COVID-19 Vaccine Adverse Effects of Special Interest – Chief Medical Health Officer (May 6, 2021)
- Reporting of Deaths Within 30 Days of Immunization as AEFIs – Chief Medical Health Officer (March 29, 2021)
Provincial AEFI Reporting Requirements
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