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DOI: 10.21070/acopen.8.2023.7843

Hematological Parameters and Liver Function After COVID-19 Vaccination ( Simple Population Patients in Ramadi City – Iraq)

Parameter Hematologi dan Fungsi Hati Setelah Vaksinasi COVID-19 (Populasi Sederhana Pasien di Kota Ramadi - Irak)

College of Pure science, University of Anbar
College of Pure science, University of Anbar
College of Pure science, University of Anbar
College of Education for women, University Of Anbar
College of Pure science, University of Anbar

(*) Corresponding Author

COVID-19 vaccination liver function blood parameters young adults Anbar province


This study aimed to investigate the influence of COVID-19 vaccination on liver function and blood parameters, specifically Mean Corpuscular Volume (MCV) and Hemoglobin (HGB) levels, among young adults (aged 18-32) in Anbar province. Blood samples from 50 individuals were collected at Ramadi Teaching Hospital, with half of the participants vaccinated and the other half unvaccinated. Results revealed a significant decrease in MCV and HGB levels among the vaccinated group compared to the unvaccinated group. Concurrently, liver function indicators, including Alanine Aminotransferase (ALT), Alkaline Phosphatase (ALP), and Bilirubin, showed a marked increase in the vaccinated individuals, indicating potential hematological disorders and liver injury. These findings underscore the importance of COVID-19 vaccination while highlighting the need for continued monitoring of liver health and blood parameters in vaccinated individuals to mitigate potential long-term health implications.


  • COVID-19 vaccination in young adults may lead to a significant decrease in Mean Corpuscular Volume (MCV) and Hemoglobin (HGB) levels.
  • Liver function indicators such as Alanine Aminotransferase (ALT), Alkaline Phosphatase (ALP), and Bilirubin exhibit a notable increase in vaccinated individuals.
  • Continuous monitoring of liver health and blood parameters is crucial for assessing potential long-term health implications associated with COVID-19 vaccination.

Keywords: COVID-19 Vaccination, Liver Function, Blood Parameters, Young Adults, Anbar Province.


Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) leading to coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) was initially reported in December 2019 in Wuhan, China. 1 SARS-CoV-2 is an extremely contagious and disease-causing virus that has expanded globally and resulted in a global outbreak[1]. While the majority of Covid-19 cases exhibit mild symptoms, the rates of hospitalization and death are notable, particularly among individuals with underlying health conditions[2][3].

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues and new strains of SARS-CoV-2 arise, it is crucial to swiftly create a reliable and secure vaccine for disease control. In recent times, numerous potential vaccines for COVID-19 have emerged, such as protein-based vaccines (Novavax), inactivated vaccines (Sinovac Life Science), viral vector vaccines (Janssen, Oxford-AstraZeneca), and mRNA vaccines (Pfizer/BioNtech, Moderna, CureVac). These vaccines have undergone development, testing, and eventual release into the market[4][5].

Among them, mRNA-based products are novel, yet familiar[6]. mRNA vaccinations administer genetically modified mRNA through lipid nanoparticles that function as transporters. Following injection, the mRNA is converted into desired proteins within the body, leading to a robust immune reaction and a two-shot schedule that provides 95% defense against COVID-19[7].

SARS-CoV-2 vaccines activate the interferon pathway as a component of their mode of operation, giving rise to certain worries about the potential for vaccine-related autoimmunity in vulnerable individuals[8]. Numerous immune-related diseases, either specific to certain organs or affecting the entire body, have indeed been documented following administration of the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine[9]. To the utmost of our understanding, Bril et al[10] documented the initial occurrence of liver harm following the initial administration of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Subsequent incidents have also been documented[11]. The clinical and histological observations of the majority of patients exhibited similarities to autoimmune hepatitis (AIH)[12]

As more residents are vaccinated, cases of hematological side effects of vaccinations become more pronounced. One of the most serious side effects include thrombocytopenia and thromboembolism due to vaccination. A case of thromboembolism has been reported in a patient with pre-existing thrombocytopenia after vaccination with the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine[13]

Another systematic review of 286 patients who experienced any form of thromboembolism after vaccination revealed that a large percentage of patients also experienced thrombocytopenia, high D-dimers, and antiplatelet antibodies[14].


Study Sample :

50 blood samples were collected from the vaccinated patients visiting Ramadi General Hospital in Anbar Governorate, for a period from 6/7/2020 to 1/9/2021, and the blood sample was collected in EDTA Tube for the purpose of conducting ( CBC analyzes) , in addition to separating part of the blood by centrifugation to obtain serum for the purpose of conducting liver function analyzes ( ALT , ALP and Bilirubin ).

C omplete Blood Count :

CBC test results, measured from the blood sample obtained immediately after diagnosis, were compared between the patients and control group .CBC results of the 3rd day In the study, some parameters and ratios such as hemoglobin (HGB) and mean corpuscular volume ( MCV) .

Biochemical Analyses :

Serum was utilized for quantifying serum liver enzymes activity which included (ALT and ALP) and bilirubin (total, direct and indirect). Serum ALT activity were measured using a colorimetric kit provided by Randox/ UK. Serum ALP activity was measured using a colorimetric kit provided by BioMerieux/ France. Serum total bilirubin (TB) and direct bilirubin (DB) were measured using a colorimetric kit provided by Biolabo SA/ France. Indirect bilirubin (IB) can be calculated using the following equation:

Indirect Bilirubin (μmol/ L) = Total Bilirubin – Direct Bilirubin.

Statistical Analyses :

In order to compare the mean values of two population , the SPSS statistical program was employed , and T- test was preformed , a P- value of less than (0.05 ) and ( 0.01) .

Results and Discussion


The results of the statistical analysis, as shown in Table (1) and Figure (1) (2) , ( 3), showed that there is a significant increase in the level of ( ALT , ALP and Bilirubin) in vaccinated people compared to non-vaccinated people Which indicates the possibility of liver disease now and in the future

Group Mean ± SE
Patients 65.50 ±2.50 110.70 ±7.13 2.03 ±0.12
Control 34.35 ±3.22 53.90 ±3.52 0.420 ±0.04
T-test 8.574 * 16.724 * 0.264 *
* (P≤0.05)
Table 1.

Figure 1.Coparison between pateint and control groups in ALT

Figure 2.Comparison between pateints and controh groups in ALP

Figure 3.Comparison btween pateints and control groups in BIL

-The results of the statistical analysis of HGB and MCV showed a non-significant decrease as in Table (2), Figure (4) and (5), as the reason is that there was a lack of platelets and the occurrence of blood clots, which led to a decrease in the level of red cell count.

Group Mean ± SE
Patients 12.37 ±0.37 82.74 ±1.19
Control 13.58 ±0.52 85.86 ±2.36
T-test 1.107 NS 5.362 NS
P-value 0.0439 0.249
* (P≤0.05), NS: Non-Significant.
Table 2.

Figure 4.Comparisonbetween patients and control groups in HGB

Figure 5.Comparisonbetween patients and control groups in MCV


Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), the SARS-CoV-2 virus has caused the death of over 6.5 million individuals globally. Nevertheless, the prompt implementation of widespread immunization initiatives leads to significant fatalities, particularly among vulnerable populations like the aged, weak, and those with compromised immune systems[15][16]

In the latter group, solid organ transplant recipients (SOTR) are particularly at risk because underlying causes of organ failure and chronic immunosuppressive burden are associated with reduced immune responses to COVID-19 vaccines, and with an excessive risk of death due to SARS-CoV-2 infection [17][18]

The COVID-19 crisis is considered one of the most significant trials of our era, and its repercussions have also affected mental well-being and can have an adverse effect on mental health. A recent investigation exploring the primary worries linked to the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Italian population discovered that apprehension regarding potential vaccine outcomes was more prevalent among females and the youth, whereas among the elderly, the most common concern was fear of falling ill and the subsequent consequences. Meanwhile, among young individuals, concern about falling ill and its aftermath (such as isolation) was more widespread[19]

Vaccinations against COVID-19 play a vital role in putting an end to the ongoing global pandemic. Vaccines like Pfizer-BioNTech, Oxford Uni-AstraZeneca, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, Sinovac-CoronaVac, Covishield, and Sinopharm have been swiftly developed, deemed safe, granted emergency use authorization since the beginning of 2020, and have been widely utilized. As of 1 May 2022, over 5 billion doses of vaccines for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARSCoV-2) have been given worldwide[20].

Hence, recent concerns have arisen regarding the safety, negative impacts, or poisonous aspects associated with the COVID-19 immunization. Negative responses to COVID-19 vaccines are frequently documented, but the majority are not liver-related. Localized discomfort, exhaustion, migraine, and muscle soreness are the foremost prevalent negative effects subsequent to COVID-19 vaccination[21]

Hepatotoxicity is uncommon with all vaccines utilized to prevent COVID-19, but can happen. An increasing body of evidence has suggested that thrombosis of the portal vein, autoimmune liver disease, elevated liver enzymes, and liver damage, among others, may be potential outcomes of COVID-19 vaccines. COVID-19 vaccines are typically given in a 2- or 3-dose series within a short period of time, and the symptoms and indications of the COVID-19 infection overshadow the mild and temporary adverse effects on the liver that arise with some of the vaccines used to prevent COVID-19. Additionally, cases of acute hepatitis, elevated liver enzymes, and liver damage have been reported in patients with moderate and severe COVID-19, in which vaccines did not appear to play a role. Whether the connection between SARS-CoV-2 vaccine and those liver diseases is coincidental or causal is yet to be clarified[22] [23] [24]

The precise mechanism of liver injury caused by SARS-CoV-2 vaccination is not fully understood. Both types of vaccines (mRNA and viral vector) contain the genetic code for the spike (S) protein of SARS-CoV-2. When the S protein enters the human body, it triggers a strong response from the innate immune system, leading to the activation of cells and the production of proinflammatory cytokines and chemokines. Because the S protein is similar to proteins specific to the liver, an activated immune system may mistakenly target and destroy liver proteins. A recent study demonstrated that antibodies against the SARS-CoV-2 S protein reacted with antigens in human tissues, resulting in significant increases in immune markers associated with autoimmune reactions, such as ANA, anti-actin, and AMA[8] [25]

On the other hand , There are many adverse Hematological Effects of COVID-19 Vaccination within the General Population. Several case sequences have reported hematological abnormalities, including thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) after vector-based vaccination The results indicated that the vaccines may trigger an immune response that affects the blood system [26] [27]


The study confirms the case, despite the importance of coved-19 vaccines, but their effects were clear on many vaccinated people, especially with regard to liver function and blood variables, as the results of this study confirmed a noticeable increase in liver function among those vaccinated with the cove-19 vaccine, in addition to a decrease in vital blood indicators, which confirms their susceptibility to hepatitis and severe anemia, which negatively affects their health in the future.


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