Spain's Ministry of Health recommends taking paracetamol if receiving the AstraZeneca jab

Vaccination against the coronavirus. File photograph.
Vaccination against the coronavirus. File photograph. / SUR
  • The British vaccine, which is only being used in Spain for the vaccination of under 55s, is reportedly causing many more side effects than those of the Pfizer or Moderna laboratories

Spain's Ministry of Health recommends taking one gramme of paracetamol before receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine, as well as continuing to take this analgesic every six hours if minor side effects appear after injection of the formula that the British laboratory developed in collaboration with the University of Oxford.

In the latest update of the coronavirus vaccination plan in Spain, experts from the department headed by Carolina Darias have changed the protocol to introduce the use of paracetamol after verifying that there have been numerous cases in which people, during the 24 hours after the jab, suffered side effects similar to those of an intense but brief flu.

In Spain the people who are reporting the most side effects are the youngest and, generally, in a better physical condition, since the AstraZeneca vaccine has been reserved for 'essential personnel' under the age of 55, such as health professionals, police, firefighters and teachers.

In many cases, it is reported that these young and healthy people have had to take days off work to recover from the effects the vaccine, claim health sources.

Health officials this Tuesday (2 March) acknowledged that the vaccination with the second dose of the AstraZeneca formula is causing even more episodes of general malaise, although in the vast majority of cases of a mild and temporary nature.

“Common mild local and systemic reactions are observed after vaccination. One gramme doses of paracetamol can be used prior to vaccination, followed by one gramme every six hours for the first 24 hours, significantly reduce local pain, low-grade fever, chills, myalgia, headache and post-vaccination discomfort without influencing the immune response", says the Ministry of Health in the fourth update of the vaccination strategy.

This Tuesday, the distribution of 380,000 new doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine among the regions began. These doses join the 808,600 that the British laboratory has already delivered to Spain.