Will I get side effects from having the vaccine?Updated: April 28th, 2021
Yes, you may have some side effects from getting the vaccine, but it’s good to know that these are normal signs that the vaccine is working and your body is building up protection.
According to the CDC in the US, side effects may affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in the course of a few days. And some people have no side effects whatsoever.
Some common side effects include in the arm where you get the vaccine, including pain, redness, and swelling. Dr. Walter Oronsaye, who’s vaccinated more than 1,000 people, highlights that you can help reduce the chance you’ll get a sore arm by keeping your arm relaxed and not contract it or flex when the vaccine’s administered. He also highlights that both pain and fever can be alleviated with over-the-counter medications like acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
Other side effects elsewhere in your body can include tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, fever, and nausea.
Dr. James Kyle, Medical Director, Quality, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at L.A. Care, says in this video that rumours of the side effects being worse than COVID-19 itself simply aren’t true — and that side effects during trials were generally mild and went away after a day or two.
You can find out more from the CDC about possible side effects, helpful tips for reducing any pain and discomfort, and how you know if you should call a doctor if you’re experiencing side effects.
Drs Oronsaye and Kyle are part of the Ad Council’s It’s Up To You campaign. View more facts at GetVaccineAnswers.org