A man rushed to hospital two hours after taking the Johnson & Johnson vaccine has said he is frustrated that hospitals are not required to report adverse vaccine reactions to the proper regulatory authority.
The patient, who was informed he had a suspected clot in his lung, was told by staff at Mayo University Hospital that it was not related to the injection, despite experiencing the severe chest pains within two hours of taking it.
Both the man and this reporter were then told by a nurse manager the day after his discharge that he had not actually suffered a clot, despite being put on blood thinners, but that the adverse reaction was possibly caused by the vaccine.
When asked who the incident would be reported to, the nurse manager could only state that a discharge letter would be sent to the patient’s GP.
A follow-up call to the ward this week resulted in a deputy nurse manager informing the patient and this reporter that the hospital was not under any legal obligation to report any adverse reaction to the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA).
Furthermore, the patient would have to issue a ‘freedom of information request’ in order to read his notes and clarify exactly what he suffered.
“How could the HSE know the real number of serious negative vaccine reactions if outcomes like mine are not being reported by hospitals?” the patient remarked to Gript.
“I didn’t know the HPRA even existed until a friend asked whether the hospital mentioned them, which they didn’t once.
“It appears to me, whether they know it or not, the HSE and HPRA don’t have even close to a full picture of the number of adverse reactions to the vaccines they say are safe.
“I almost died from it, so it’s time the HSE started taking the negative reactions a bit more seriously.”
The HSE did not confirm at the time of publication whether a hospital or staff are under any legal obligation to report a patient’s adverse reactions to a vaccine, whilst Mayo University Hospital did not respond when asked if they had a policy concerning the issue of reporting.