With the Coronavirus vaccine well on its way to family doctors, there are always a few people who fear the side effects will be worse than the illness itself. This, of course, isn’t true, but it is always important to know what might happen when you get vaccinated, and how to best manage any symptoms that may occur. Read on to learn more about the Coronavirus vaccine’s potential side effects:

How is this Vaccine Different from Others?

Before going into side effects, we first need to go over how this vaccine differs from other vaccines. Since the Coronavirus vaccine is an mRNA vaccine (and the first of its kind), it will not contain a weakened version of the illness it is made to prevent. Instead, mRNA vaccines contain genetic instructions that tell your body how to fight off an illness. With traditional vaccines, this is done by injecting a weakened version of the pathogen into the body. However, mRNA vaccines use special protein compounds to achieve the same effect.

Does the Vaccine Even Have Side Effects?

So, since the vaccine itself doesn’t contain a weakened version of the virus, will the COVID vaccine even have side effects? In short, yes. All vaccines have several common side effects, and the Coronavirus vaccine is no exception:

  • Redness, swelling, or pain around the injection site
  • Moderate Headaches
  • Fever/chills
  • Tiredness

These side effects should only last a few days to a week at most and are a sign that your immune system is kicking into gear once exposed to the proteins in the COVID vaccine. Since this vaccine is administered in two doses, there is a chance you may experience side effects both times. However, most people experience side effects after the second dosage.

Rare Side Effects

The biggest risk that comes with the Coronavirus vaccine is allergies. Although rare, someone can be allergic to a vaccine. So far, there have been a few, isolated cases of allergic shock immediately after injection. Currently, scientists are trying to determine the long-term effects of the vaccine, along with how it may affect people who are very ill.

After Vaccination

Immediately after vaccination, it is best to rest for a day or so. If side effects worsen or do not change after several days, speak with your doctor immediately. If you or a loved one is concerned about the Coronavirus vaccine, contact your healthcare provider for details on the vaccine supplier, and how it may affect you specifically.

 

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