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CARM Reports by group and AESI Follow ups

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Dear Ministry of Health,

1. Could you please provide a breakdown of numbers of CARM reports by who entered them

The first page of the online entry questions requests - Member of the Public, Health Professional, Other. Medsafe's reports detail how many adverse reactions have been entered but does not give a breakdown of by whom. We are told to take these numbers with a grain of salt but how many reports have been entered by Health professionals and Other and are they included in the Medsafe totals.

2. Is it mandatory for a health professional to enter a report for a suspected (or confirmed) reaction to the covid Vaccine and if not why

3. Who/What is regarded as "Other" in the above form

4. To date how many of the AESI have been followed up for further analysis and studies and which Government organization has been tasked with this

Medsafe's report mentions numbers of "Adverse Event Of Special Interest (AESI)" and offers the explanation that "AESIs need to be carefully monitored and any potential association to vaccination confirmed by further analysis and studies."

Yours faithfully,

John

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Tçnâ koe John,

 

Thank you for your request under the Official Information Act 1982 (the
Act) to the Ministry of Health (the Ministry) on 23 October 2021. Please
find a response to each part of your request below.

 

“1. Could you please provide a breakdown of numbers of CARM reports by who
entered them

Reporter type is now available in the weekly AEFI reports found on
Medsafe’s website from safety report 31 onwards:
[1]www.medsafe.govt.nz/COVID-19/vaccine-report-overview.asp.

2. Is it mandatory for a health professional to enter a report for a
suspected (or confirmed) reaction to the covid Vaccine and if not why

It is not mandatory for a healthcare professional to enter a report for
suspected reaction to the vaccine, however they are encouraged and
expected to do so. Any member of the public is able to report an adverse
reaction themselves too via this link:
[2]https://report.vaccine.covid19.govt.nz/s/.

3. Who/What is regarded as "Other" in the above form

 

Others include hospital doctors, Healthline, midwives, dentists etc.

4. To date how many of the AESI have been followed up for further analysis
and studies and which Government organization has been tasked with this

 

To date around 300 cases have been actively followed for further details
on the individual case, this is done by the Centre for Adverse Reactions
Monitoring (CARM) with help from Medsafe and the Immunisation Advisory
Centre (IMAC). The case is then reassessed by the Medical Assessor. If a
signal is raised an investigation of the signal occurs – the list of
signals investigated is in the weekly AEFI report linked above.

 

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4. http://www.health.govt.nz/
5. https://www.health.govt.nz/about-ministr...
6. https://covid19.govt.nz/

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