A framework for nationwide COVID-19 vaccine safety research in the Republic of Korea: The COVID-19 Vaccine Safety Research Committee

Na Young Jeong, Hyesook Park, Sanghoon Oh, Seung Eun Jung, Dong Hyun Kim, Hyoung Shik Shin, Hee Chul Han, Jong Koo Lee, Jun Hee Woo, Byung Joo Park, Nam Kyong Choi

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Abstract

With the introduction of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccines, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) commissioned the National Academy of Medicine of Korea to gather experts to independently assess post-vaccination adverse events. Accordingly, the COVID-19 Vaccine Safety Research Committee (CoVaSC) was launched in November 2021 to perform safety studies and establish evidence for policy guidance. The CoVaSC established 3 committees for epidemiology, clinical research, and communication. The CoVaSC mainly utilizes pseudonymized data linking KDCA’s COVID-19 vaccination data and the National Health Insurance Service’s claims data. The CoVaSC’s 5-step research process involves defining the target diseases and organizing ad-hoc committees, developing research protocols, performing analyses, assessing causal relationships, and announcing research findings and utilizing them to guide compensation policies. As of 2022, the CoVaSC completed this research process for 15 adverse events. The CoVaSC launched the COVID-19 Vaccine Safety Research Center in September 2022 and has been reorganized into 4 divisions to promote research including international collaborative studies, long-/short-term follow-up studies, and education programs. Through these enhancements, the CoVaSC will continue to swiftly provide scientific evidence for COVID-19 vaccine research and compensation and may serve as a model for preparing for future epidemics of new diseases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-14
Number of pages10
JournalOsong Public Health and Research Perspectives
Volume14
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2023

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Publisher Copyright:
© 2023 Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency.

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Committee
  • Research
  • Safety
  • Vaccines

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