• Medicines regulators look out for consumers and constantly monitor the safety of health products.
  • Drug companies have to submit regular safety updates on their COVID jabs to regulatory bodies to track reactions among people who have been vaccinated.
  • Each case is investigated by the regulator and then only if it is scientifically linked to the vaccine is it called a side effect.

Medicines regulators constantly monitor the safety of COVID-19 vaccines by tracking reactions among people who have gotten the jab. Each case is investigated to see if the symptoms are caused by the vaccine, in which case the response will be listed as a side effect.
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Dylan Bush is Bhekisisa's production and multimedia manager.

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Aisha Abdool Karim was a senior health reporter at Bhekisisa from 2020 to 2022.