A new study from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has shown that some people might be dealing with COVID19 vaccine side effects such as dizziness, fatigue, nausea, and fainting due to anxiety not due to shots. The study has looked at many events where dozens of people have reported some side effects after taking a single shot vaccine developed by Johnson & Johnson at five different vaccination sites in April. These people have been vaccinated with the Johnson & Johnson COVID19 shots before federal officials have stopped the use of this vaccine as some people have suffered a rare blood clot disorder after being vaccinated. Health experts have said that out of 8624 people who have been vaccinated from 7 April to 9 April, nearly 64 of them have dealt with anxiety-linked reactions. None of these cases have been severe.
Experts have said that little more than half of the people have been dealing with light-headedness and dizziness. They have said that excessive sweating has been the most standard reaction after vaccination among these people. Some people have developed nausea, fainting, and hypotension as well. Most participants who have been included in the study have been women. The average age of the participants has been 36 years. The study has noted that 20 percent of these participants have said that they have a history of fainting linked to an aversion to needles.
Health experts have said that most side effects have been treated within 15 minutes of care such as food, hydration, and rest. However, around 20 percent of participants have been admitted to the hospital for further testing. Around four vaccination sites have been temporarily shut down to investigate these side effects. The authors of the study have said that increased awareness about anxiety-linked side effects, will help vaccine providers to make a better decision regarding continuing the immunization. The study has only analyzed side effects linked to Johnson & Johnson vaccine. However, they have said that anxiety-linked side effects can take place with any vaccine.
The program director of the general adult and behavioral health, Intensive Care Unit at UPMC Western Psychiatry Hospital, Dr. Joy Gero has said that there is a lot of confusion among people about vaccines and medicines and the way they are going to affect their bodies. The CDC has reviewed fainting cases linked to Johnson & Johnson vaccination that have been reported to the Database Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System from 2 March to 12 April. Experts have found that there have been 8.2 cases of fainting after vaccination per 100000 doses. As per the study, the reported cases of fainting after vaccination have been only 0.05 cases per 100000 doses during the flu season in 2019 and 2020.
Dr. Tara Sell, who is a senior associate at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, has said that the COVID19 vaccine might be causing more anxiety-related cases as compared to the flu vaccine. She has been studying vaccine risk communication for many years. She has said that people might be more nervous about the COVID19 vaccine as it is new to them. Recipients of vaccines might be overwhelmed due to the impact of the pandemic. On the other hand, the flu vaccine is quite a normal thing for them and they are comfortable with it. Dr. Tara Sell has said that the officials have been monitoring the COVID19 vaccination sites very closely. Dr. Jeffrey Geller, the president of the American Psychiatric Association has said that people, who are susceptible to anxiety while getting the injection, should practice deep breathing and relaxation exercise before getting the shots; it will be quite helpful for them.
Dr. Gero has said that people, who are dealing with anxiety, should limit their caffeine intake, eat properly, and keep themselves hydrated. He has said that people should inform health professionals at the vaccination site if they are feeling anxious. Reporting anxiety can be very accommodating, said the expert. Dr. Jeffrey Geller has said that if these practices are not helping much, there are some treatments that can help people who are dealing with anxiety. He has said that if some people have fear of vaccination, they can opt for cognitive behavioral therapy or exposure therapy. He has said that people should get the vaccine, as there is no other alternative that can protect them from the virus.