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February 2023, Volume 73, Issue 2

Student's Corner

COVID-19 vaccines: A blessed warrior or a disguised enemy

Priya  ( 3rd Year MBBS Student, Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi, Pakistan )
Ayush Kumar  ( 3rd Year MBBS Student, Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan )
Ainan Arshad  ( Department of Medicine, Aga khan University, Karachi, Pakistan )

Dear Editor, SARS-CoV-2, distinctly virulent virus responsible for causing the well-known pandemic COVID 19 extended all over the world and affected many individuals with varying degree of severity based on patient’s characteristics such as comorbidities and age. Vaccines till today are one of the most effective strategies brought in affect for eliminating COVID-19, saving millions of lives each year. However, it is not without its shortcomings just like most of the pharmacological agents and some typical adverse effects include fever, lethargy, headache, muscular soreness, chills, diarrhoea, and discomfort at the injection site. Although the overall safety profile of these vaccines is extremely favourable for the general population, there are few significant adverse effects documented that require consideration. (Figure)



Benjamin et al. presented a case of multisystem inflammation and organ failure caused by an unknown mechanism that began soon after the first dose of BNT162b2 COVID-19 vaccination was administered to a previously healthy recipient.1 Another incidence of drug-induced liver injury following the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine has been reported by Mann et al.2 According to a descriptive investigation, the risk of myocarditis after receiving mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccinations particularly increased across several age and sex strata, with the risk being greatest after the second dose of immunization dose in adolescent boys and young men.3 The case series described by Lim et al mentions a new-onset of pathological findings seen in renal histopathology following COVID-19 immunization. The biopsy-proven diagnosis revealed the newly developed kidney diseases such as IgA nephropathy with painless gross haematuria, minimal change disease with nephrotic syndrome, thrombotic microangiopathy, and two cases of acute tubulointerstitial nephropathy with acute kidney injury.4 Another case series outlined an elevated incidence of neurological problems, such as Gullian Barre syndrome and Bells palsy followed by the administration of COVID-19 vaccinations.5

Considering the aforementioned events, safety profile of COVID-19 comes into question. Current literature limits our knowledge to the exact pathophysiology causing these adverse effects and this demands the need for conducting extensive studies in order to avoid all the potential complications that we may be currently unaware of. In todays era, where almost everyone has received their booster shots, it is important that the population is aware and understands the possible risks so that they can give a thought for necessary precautions.


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Submission completion date: 10-06-2022    Acceptance date: 20-07-2022




1.      Kahn B, Apostolidis SA, Bhatt V, Greenplate AR, Kallish S, LaCava A, et al. Multisystem Inflammation and Organ Dysfunction After BNT162b2 Messenger RNA Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination. Crit Care Explor 2021;3:e0578. doi: 10.1097/CCE.0000000000000578.

2.      Mann R, Sekhon S, Sekhon S. Drug-Induced Liver Injury After COVID-19 Vaccine. Cureus 2021;13:e16491. doi: 10.7759/cureus.16491.

3.      Oster ME, Shay DK, Su JR, Gee J, Creech CB, Broder KR, et al. Myocarditis Cases Reported After mRNA-Based COVID-19 Vaccination in the US From December 2020 to August 2021. JAMA 2022;327:331-40. doi: 10.1001/jama.2021.24110.

4.      Lim JH, Kim MS, Kim YJ, Han MH, Jung HY, Choi JY, et al. New-Onset Kidney Diseases after COVID-19 Vaccination: A Case Series. Vaccines 2022;10:302. doi: 10.3390/vaccines10020302.

5.      Patone M, Handunnetthi L, Saatci D, Pan J, Katikireddi SV, Razvi S, et al. Neurological complications after first dose of COVID-19 vaccines and SARS-CoV-2 infection. Nat Med 2021;27:2144-53. doi:10.1038/s41591-021-01556-7

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