Yes, you are completely safe if you are not getting any side effects post vaccination. You have to first know the common side effects of covid 19 vaccine and when to call your doctor if you have any of them.
The covid 19 infection has been spreading really quick worldwide and it urges doctors to create a vaccine as the ultimate solution for the wide spreading infectious disease. The covid 19 vaccine now has been out and open for injection for the world population. However, just like any other drug and medicines, covid 19 vaccine also possesses some common side effects which are not hazardous and will go away by itself in a few days or weeks.
Continue reading the article to know more about the common side effects of covid 19 vaccination and how to go about them.
Common side effects of covid 19 vaccination
- On the arm where you got the vaccination shot:
- Mild to moderate arm pain
- Redness over the injection area
- Swelling over the affected arm
- Throughout your body
- Slight lethargy
- Mild headache
- Muscle pain
- Chills and rigors
- Nausea and vomiting
These side effects are very common among those vaccinated and do bear in mind that this is a part of the vaccination and usually it goes away by itself without any urgent intervention from doctors. However, it is important to notice them and observe the progression of these side effects before becoming worse.
If at all these side effects become worse over time, do get an immediate appointment with your doctor to get you evaluated thoroughly and get treated accordingly. If you do not have any of these noticeable side effects, you are then safe to complete your second dose of vaccination and get yourself protected from the deadly coronavirus infection. If you are receiving the second dose of vaccination, the side effects might be a little more intense than the first one but fret not, this is just a sign that your body is building the required protection and it should go away within a few days.
Here are some helpful tips for treating these mild side effects by yourself at home without any prompt urgent intervention in hospitals or clinics.
- Discuss with your doctor to purchase some over the counter painkillers like ibuprofen, acetaminophen, aspirin or any antihistamines for any discomfort or pain that you are experiencing after getting vaccinated. You can get them post vaccination if there are no contraindications for taking them normally. Avoid taking these medications prior to your vaccination shot in order to prevent the side effects as it might interact with the vaccination shot.
- To reduce the discomfort or pain around the injected area, apply a clean and wet cloth over the area for a few minutes. You can also try to exercise or massage your arm gently for a day before using them completely for your daily tasks.
- For fever, practice drinking adequate amounts of water to keep yourself hydrated and dress lightly to reduce the discomfort due to high temperature.
A gentle reminder, it takes time for your body to completely form the required immunity to fight against coronavirus. You are considered to be fully vaccinated 2 weeks after the second shot of Pfizer or Moderna covid 19 vaccine and after the single dose of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen covid 19 vaccine. Therefore, keep using all the required protection tools like wearing a mask regularly and maintaining social distance until you are considered to be fully vaccinated as these prevention methods are still the best to prevent the spread.