Photo/Illutration A medical worker receives a COVID-19 vaccine shot in Osaka in May. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

Only around seven severe allergic reactions have been reported for every 1 million COVID-19 vaccine shots administered, or a rate of 0.0007 percent, according to an expert panel of the health ministry.

Overall, 290 cases of anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction, have been confirmed as a side effect from among 40.177 million doses provided against COVID-19 as of June 27, the panel said on July 7.

“We can’t find any serious safety concerns at this point of time,” a panel member said.

A sense of wariness had arisen among some people over the speed of development and approval of the COVID-19 vaccines.

According to the panel, 289 anaphylaxis cases were caused among about 39.2 million shots of the Pfizer vaccine between Feb. 17 and June 27.

The Moderna vaccine, of which about 959,000 shots were given between May 22 and June 27, led to one anaphylaxis case.

The number of people who died after receiving Pfizer doses was 453 until June 27, or 11.6 deaths per 1 million shots. Only one death was reported after a Moderna shot.

Those deaths were reported mainly by doctors who thought that the inoculations may have played a part, but a cause-and-effect relationship has not been confirmed in the cases.