Will I have to take time off work after getting vaccinated?Updated: June 1st, 2021
The actual process of getting the vaccine is usually very quick, and in most places the hours in which you can get vaccinated are quite broad, so you shouldn’t need to take time off.
Some people do experience side effects after getting the vaccine, like arm pain, headaches and tiredness or fever. However, a recent study (April 27, 2021) showed that fewer people showed side effects than in previous clinical trials.
Only one in four people receiving the Pfizer or AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccines experienced mild systemic side effects. The most common systemic side effect was headache (7.8% of people after the first Pfizer dose, 13.2% after the second dose, and 22.8% after AstraZeneca).
Other more common side effects were muscle aches and fatigue, the latter of which affected 8.4% and 14.4% of Pfizer recipients after the first and second doses, respectively, and 21.1% of AstraZeneca recipients. In these cases, the side effects peaked within 24 hours and lasted no more than two days. You can read more about this study here and read the CDC’s advice on minimising symptoms here.
It’s also worth noting that the side effects of the vaccine are less debilitating than having COVID-19 itself.