Will the vaccine give me side effects?Updated: May 21st, 2021
Yes, you may have some side effects from the vaccine, but it is good to know that these are normal signs that the vaccine is working and that your body is creating protection.
According to the CDC in the US, side effects can affect your ability to do daily activities, but should pass within a few days. And some people do not have any side effects.
Common side effects can include pain, redness, and swelling in the arm where the shot was given. Dr. Walter Oronsaye, who has vaccinated more than 1,000 people, says that you can help decrease the chance of arm pain by relaxing your arm instead of contracting or bending it when the vaccine is given. It also says that pain and fever can be reduced with over-the-counter medications like acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
Other side effects can include fatigue, headache, muscle aches, chills, fever, and nausea.
Dr. James Kyle, Medical Director of Quality, Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion at LA Care, says in this video that the rumors about side effects being worse than COVID-19 are simply not true – and that the Side effects during the trials were generally mild and subsided after one or two days.
You can learn more from the CDC about possible side effects, helpful tips to reduce any pain or discomfort, and when to know if you should call a doctor.
Dr Kyle is part of the Ad Council’s It’s Up To You campaign. View more facts at GetVaccineAnswers.org