COVID-19 has taken the world by storm.
Thankfully, there are now vaccines available for the virus. The vaccines do not guarantee 100% prevention from Covid, but the intensity of the virus weakens on the vaccinated bodies. There is a lot of misinformation about vaccines that confuse minds and keep people from getting jabbed. However, people who have underlying medical conditions, are immunocompromised or are undergoing medical treatment, must consult a doctor before getting vaccinated.
COVID-19 Vaccine: Common Side Effects
There are a few possible side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine which differ from one person to another and their immune systems. However, they last for 24 to 48 hours only. Some of the side effects include:
After receiving a vaccination, some people complain of having headaches. For some, it’s mild and easily bearable; for others, it’s quite severe.
Some people experience mild fever after getting vaccinated. If you get feverish after getting the jab, there is nothing to worry about. You can purchase paracetamol from a nearby pharmacy; one dose will do. As well as fever, one may experience discomfort; however, it can be assuaged by keeping the body hydrated.
A feeling of restlessness and nausea are quite common post vaccination. All you need to do is rest in order to avoid these symptoms.
Another telling side effect, which quite a few people experience after getting jabbed, is exertion just as they feel after working hard the whole day. But the problem can be overcome by taking a rest.
5. Muscle ache
Your muscles may get sore and painful for a while after getting jabbed. If you experience such a condition, you must take paracetamol as it is the only medicine recommended for the side effects of COVID-19 and is easily available in online pharmacies.
After getting the vaccine shot, the arm where it was pricked may get red, ache, and slightly swell as well, but that’s a fleeting problem that goes away on its own. You may apply a cool and clean piece of cloth to that area. Light exercise and little movement of the arm may help too.
When do side effects get severe?
These side effects are temporary and it is a normal sign that vaccines are developing protection inside the body. However, the following conditions may indicate danger and require the consultation of a doctor.
- You need to contact a doctor when the arm where you got the vaccine shot starts to get worse after being tender and red for 24 hours.
- Remember that the normal duration of the side effects is 24 to 48 hours. However, if they are not going away after a few days of getting vaccinated, you must see a doctor immediately.
- If you experience strange allergic reactions after getting vaccinated, you need to seek medical help.
That’s why people are advised to stay in the vaccination location fifteen minutes after getting vaccinated so that if the body shows any abnormal symptoms, they can immediately go to the medical staff for emergency or allergic reactions.
The Bottom Line
All COVID-19 vaccines have been approved by the FDA and have shown good results. Do not be scared of the side effects; what’s important is to build protection against the deadly coronavirus and return to our ‘normal lives’.