Time off work common after AstraZeneca vax: Aus data

But the good news is the vaccine offers some protection against the UK variant

More than one quarter of Australians who received AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine have taken time off work or study because of side effects, surveillance data show.

Overall, two thirds of people responding to an invitation to report adverse events say they experienced at least one reaction — most commonly fatigue, headaches or body aches.

The figures come from AusVaxSafety, the active surveillance program run by the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance in Sydney, which sends follow-up SMS messages