Many side effects to your Covid-19 vaccination are good ones!

You know that Covid-19 vaccine will help protect you from getting Covid-19. But side effects may confuse you! If it’s good, why do I get side effects? Vaccine side effects usually mean that the vaccine is doing its work, teaching your body how to deal with the Covid-19 virus.

Your “shot” arm may hurt and show redness and swelling. The rest of you could be tired, you may have a headache and muscle pain. You might have chills, or a fever, or nausea. These are normal reactions or vaccine side effects.

But if you have a severe or immediate allergic reaction after getting the first dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, DO NOT get a second dose of an mRNA vaccine. Seek immediate medical care by calling 911.

Are you allergic to vaccine ingredients?

  • If you are allergic to polyethylene glycol (PEG), then avoid the mRNA vaccines. You might be able to get the J&J/Janssen vaccine.
  • Allergic to polysorbate? Do not get the J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine. Ask your doctor if you can get an mRNA vaccine.
  • If you are allergic to other types of vaccines, ask your doctor whether you should get a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Allergies not related to vaccines should not keep you from getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

Easing your vaccine side effects

Your doctor may suggest ibuprofen, acetaminophen, aspirin, or antihistamines for pain and discomfort, especially if there are no medical reasons to stay away from them.

Don’t try to stave off side effects by taking any of these medicines before getting your shot. You can use or exercise your “shot” arm, and lay a clean, cool, wet washcloth over the shot area. You can treat a fever normally with plenty of fluids. Avoid heavy clothing.

Vaccine side effects may be stronger after your second mRNA shot

Your body has a lot of work to build protection, with the help of the vaccine. As a result, these more intense pain and fever side effects are normal.

After 24 hours, your “shot” arm tenderness and redness should go away. But if your vaccine side effects seem to linger after a few days, call the doctor.

Both the Pfizer-BioNTech and the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine need two shots for the most protection. You should get the second shot, even if you had side effects after the first shot, unless your doctor tells you not to get it.

After your vaccination

Vaccine side effects might “sideline” you for a few days, but you should be able to get back to normal daily activities quickly.

You are fully vaccinated two weeks after your second mRNA vaccine shot or two weeks after the J&J/Janssen vaccine! Fully-vaccinated? You can resume pre-pandemic activities safely.

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COVID-19 vaccine information from the CDC | Vaccine for COVID-19

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