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AstraZeneca side-effects mostly experienced by those in working age group


The side-effects of the AstraZeneca vaccine are found more commonly among people in the working age group than among the elderly, as their bodies respond faster to the vaccine, the Department of Medical Services said.

“AstraZeneca is a viral vector vaccine that stimulates the body’s immunity system, making recipients more prone to displaying side-effects than an inactivated vaccine like Sinovac,” said Dr Somsak Akksilp, director-general of the department.

“Side-effects are usually found among young people in the working age group as their immunity system responds faster to the injected vaccine than the bodies of elders.”

Somsak added that the side-effects of AstraZeneca include fever, shivering, muscle ache and localised numbness, which usually subside within a few days. “Allergic reactions might also vary among different persons depending on a number of individual factors. Some recipients of Sinovac vaccine might experience these symptoms as well.”

Somsak added that the department was satisfied with the operations at the Central Vaccination Unit at Bang Sue Grand Station, which has opened since June 7 to vaccinate the general public who have registered via the Thai Ruam Jai website and with four mobile phone operators (AIS, DTAC, True and CAT Telecom).

“The average vaccination time at the unit per person is 40-50 minutes. People usually come in big groups from morning, but the crowd gradually eases in the afternoon,” he said.

“Officials will call out in the order of their registration number. They must present their ID card. Walk-ins will not be permitted, nor would jumping the queue, or VIP inoculation at the unit.”

According to the Ministry of Public Health, the Central Vaccination Unit at Bang Sue Grand Station can vaccinate up to 10,000 people per day and is manned by over 500 medical professionals daily.

Published : June 11, 2021

By : THE NATION