Medicines Safety Week: Making vaccines better for everyone 

The Caribbean Regulatory System (CRS) of the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), launches a week-long social media campaign to promote the importance of reporting suspected side effects following vaccination to the CRS or to national reporting systems.

Taking place from 1–7 November 2021, the sixth annual #MedSafetyWeek social media campaign will focus on vaccines. Medicines agencies from 64 countries will be encouraging healthcare professionals, national immunisation programme staff, as well as patients, their carers and families, to report problems experienced with vaccines including COVID-19 shots.

Vaccines are among the most important advances in medicine saving millions of lives annually and have proven to be the best method to protect individuals against infectious diseases. However, as with all medicines, side effects can happen.

According to Mr. Dean Chambliss, PAHO Subregional Program Director, Caribbean, “This campaign comes at a critical moment when millions of people are vaccinated against COVID-19. Vaccine safety begins with the timely detection and reporting of adverse events following immunization. It is important to report suspected adverse events of vaccines and by extension all medicines. Each report counts but to have an impact, countries need to assess this information and share safety updates regularly with the international community.”

In August 2021, CARPHA launched its online reporting form for adverse events following immunization (AEFI) which can be used for any vaccine, including the novel COVID-19 vaccines. Dr. Joy St. John, CARPHA Executive Director stated: “The reporting of an adverse effect following vaccination does not mean the event has been caused by the vaccine, or that the person who gave the vaccine made an error, but it is an important part of helping the national authorities to identify events that may need to be investigated further. The information from investigations and data analyses will assist Member States in identifying the types of reactions that persons are experiencing, and any additional monitoring or regulatory actions that may be needed.”

Reporting of side effects that last longer than three days, and those that cause persons to see a doctor is an important part of checking and ensuring that approved vaccines remain safe when used in larger populations.  Health workers are encouraged to use the relevant vaccine product information from trusted sources, in order to guide patients, parents and caregivers.

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  1. Gary
    November 8, 2021

    It is time to stop all this PR and propaganda, let us remember that facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.

  2. Waiting For Airport
    November 5, 2021

    ‘Vaccines are among the most important advances in medicine saving millions of lives’ – In reality, its the exact opposite

    Vaccines were used by the American government to intentionally infect black people with syphillis

    Vaccines were used to intentionally sterilize Kenyan women

    Vaccines were used to spread HIV in both Africa and the Caribbean

    there is more history, to much for this post, just as sinister

    Once you cut past the BS/Propaganda and pay attention to history, you realize that vaccines are used for a very specific purpose – this time is no different ……………………………………………………………………………………………………

    ADMIN: There is some accuracy in your statements and other parts that are entirely inaccurate misleading. Below is some information for anyone who would like to learn more:

    “Vaccines were used by the American government to intentionally infect black people with syphillis”

    The tragic and unethical nature of Tuskegee experiment is established fact. However, the experimental group already had syphilis and were not infected via vaccine according to the studies own records:

    “Vaccines were used to intentionally sterilize Kenyan women”

    While rigorously disputed by government sources, several independent studies with results from multiple labs indicate that a Kenyan Tetanus Vaccine contained a substance that could cause infertility:

    “Vaccines were used to spread HIV in both Africa and the Caribbean”

    This is not a statement we could verify. While no direct link can be shown by the evidence (which the authors admit), several studies and reports ,including the following, attempt to establish a link between HIV/AIDS and contaminated vaccines:

    • Magway ca
      November 10, 2021

      Dude the only real thing in that statement in the syphilis one. You just talking bull crap

    • Gary
      November 10, 2021

      To Admin: You all seem to question @Waiting For Airport regarding accuracy in his comments. It is ok to disagree but bear in mind @Waiting For Airport did address some issues that should not be ignored. What concerns me is your inconsistency regarding other people making statements, you all do not hold them to the same standards. Regarding the AIDS epidemic, I posted a comment sometime ago regarding the Drug AZT for AIDS treatment, and that part of my comment was censored, my focus was not the Vaccine but the drug g AZT

      I am a firm believer, one of the ways we can get to the truth of all
      is by through dialogue, not by censoring if it does not play well with the official narrative we are bombarded with 24/7

      ADMIN: Gary, we agree about having an open forum, however is not a matter of disagreeing with waiting for airport’s comment.

      Some of his statements were misleading or outright false. Where applicable we found and provided links to information that supported his claims and indicated the parts of his claims that were demonstrably false or could not be verified. This verification standard is what we apply to everyone.

      We don’t recall the AZT comment you mentioned, bear in mind that our spam filter may automatically bar certain comments or links. If you have a query about a comment that was deleted or not published you can always direct them to

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