Update of side effects in The Netherlands

Note; this is a short version of an English translation from the Dutch LAREB website in The Netherlands for the original Dutch version click here

This update concerns all reports received at the LAREB Side Effects Center of suspected adverse reactions to corona vaccines, which have been viewed by experts  up to and including 4 July 2021 . The number of reports of suspected side effects per corona vaccine can be found at www.lareb.nl/coronameldingen .

The reports concern about 16.5 million vaccines given. This concerns approximately 11.8 million vaccines from Pfizer/BioNTech (Comirnaty), 2.8 million from AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), 1.3 million from Moderna (Spikevax) and 600,000 from Janssen. These figures are based on the Corona dashboard of the central government .

Due to the holiday period, the next update will be on August 3, 2021. If there are new insights in the meantime, we will of course report on them. For more information about side effects of the corona vaccines, see our frequently asked questions .

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For more information about our reports, see the overview of all reported side effects .

Mainly known side effects reported
A total of 498,983 suspected side effects have now been reported with LAREB. The most commonly reported side effects are:

  1. Headaches (54,286)
  2. Not feeling well (52,880)
  3. Fatigue (51,208)
  4. Muscle pain (50,329)
  5. Chills (43,556)
  6. Pain at the puncture site (34,840)
  7. Fever (32,047)
  8. Nausea (27,484)
  9. Joint pain (27,016)
  10. Swelling at the puncture site (13,199)

For more information, see the overview of all reported side effects .

Obituary
So far there are 448 reports of death after corona vaccination. This concerns 263 people aged 80 or older, 132 people between the ages of 65 and 79 and 51 people under the age of 65. The exact age of 2 people is unknown.

Most reports were about the vaccine from Pfizer/BioNTech (Comirnaty). This is the most commonly used corona vaccine and also the vaccine that is mainly used in the elderly population.

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Many reports required more information about the cause of death, side effects that occurred and underlying health problems. This information has been requested. Unfortunately, in several reports there is still not enough known for a good insight. In the reports with sufficient information, health problems are the most obvious explanation for the deaths in a large part. In a number of reports, side effects may have contributed to the worsening of an already fragile health situation or dormant underlying condition, whether or not due to old age. These are known side effects of the corona vaccines such as fever, nausea and general malaise. 5 patients died after thrombosis in combination with a low platelet count with the AstraZeneca vaccine. LAREB has made an overview of reports from death after vaccination in the first 14 weeks of the vaccination campaign.

Other reports
The overview of reports of suspected side effects also include complaints that are not listed in the package leaflets. These and other notable reports are discussed by LAREB with experts. If the reports give cause to do so, a further analysis will be carried out. In this way any new side effects can be detected. It remains important that people report suspected side effects. As soon as the reports lead to new insights, we will announce this.

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