COVID-19 vaccines are safe, and getting vaccinated will help protect you against developing severe COVID-19 disease and dying from COVID-19. You may experience some mild side effects after getting vaccinated, which are signs that your body is building protection.
Why it’s normal to have mild side effects from vaccines?
Vaccines are designed to give you immunity without the dangers of getting the disease. It’s common to experience some mild-to-moderate side effects when receiving vaccinations. This is because your immune system is instructing your body to react. It increases blood flow so more immune cells can circulate, and it raises your body temperature to kill the virus.
Mild side effects, like a fever or muscle aches, are normal. They are signs that the body’s immune system is responding to the vaccine, specifically the antigen (a substance that triggers an immune response), and is gearing up to fight the virus. These side effects usually go away on their own after a few days.
Common and mild or moderate side effects are a good thing. They show us that the vaccine is working. Experiencing no side effects doesn’t mean the vaccine is ineffective. It means everybody responds differently.
Common side effects of COVID-19 vaccines
Like any vaccine, COVID-19 vaccines can cause side effects, most of which are mild or moderate and go away within a few days on their own. As shown in the results of clinical trials, more serious or long-lasting side effects are possible. Vaccines are continually monitored to detect adverse events.
Reported side effects of COVID-19 vaccines have mostly been mild to moderate and have lasted no longer than a few days. Typical side effects include pain at the injection site, fever, fatigue, headache, muscle pain, chills, and diarrhea. The chances of any of these side effects occurring after vaccination differ according to the specific vaccine.
It is not recommended to take medicines to relieve the pain and discomfort caused by the vaccine.
Instead of taking over-the-counter medicine, go for the natural ways to relieve side effects before and after you get vaccinated.
To reduce discomfort from fever, headache, tiredness, nausea, and muscle pain, public health officials like CDC and WHO recommend drinking more water!
If You Received a Second Shot
Side effects after your second shot may be more intense than the ones you experienced after your first shot. These side effects are normal signs that your body is building protection and should go away within a few days.