Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Kenneth George, said the Adverse Events Following Immunisation Committee meets weekly or bi-weekly, to “carefully” scrutinise the side effects reported. (FP)

Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Kenneth George, is reminding the public that the Barbados Drug Service’s website, http://drugservice.gov.bb/, to report any adverse effects from COVID-19 vaccines is fully functional.

He told the online and in-person audience at the fourth and final town hall meeting on vaccines and testing at the Combermere School last night that he, Dr. Elizabeth Ferdinand, and President of the Barbados Association of Medical Practitioners, Dr. Linda Williams, as well as persons in pharmacology and pharmacovigilance, sit on the Adverse Events Following Immunisation Committee.

In response to a contributor who asked if the website was working, Dr. George said the team meets weekly or bi-weekly, to “carefully” scrutinise the side effects reported, to see if there was a link to any of the vaccines administered.

Meanwhile, Dr. Williams informed the meeting that all reported cases were reviewed and the public can click on ‘Reporting Form for Suspected COVID-19 AEFI’ on the website, where reports may be made by doctors and patients.

“So, there are two different places that you can make a report that the doctor can either report it, or you can report it.  And each of those reactions, each one is dealt with in turn, and if we need to get further information then we contact the persons,” she stated.

julie.carrington@barbados.gov.bb

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