What are the most common side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine?
The most common side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine are:
- Pain at the injection site
- Swelling at the injection site
- Tiredness / Fatigue
- Muscle pain
- Joint pain
- Feeling sick
- Swollen lymph nodes
How long do the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine last?
The side effects from taking the COVID-19 vaccine typically last for 1 to 2 days. Most people who take the vaccine have either mild or moderate symptoms. In certain cases however the side effects can be more severe.
Are people having reactions to the COVID-19 vaccine?
In most cases, people are only having minor side effects after taking the COVID-19 vaccine. However, there have been some reported cases of more serious reactions. Federal agencies are investigating at least six cases of serious allergic reactions in individuals who received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, including:
- In Alaska, two health care workers required emergency treatment after receiving the Pfizer vaccine. One was a middle-aged women who had no history of allergies. She had an anaphylactic reaction 10 minutes after receiving the vaccine. She had shortness of breath, elevated heart rate and had a rash all over her face and torso. She was given a shot of epinephrine, steroids and an epinephrine drip. The second was a male who experienced eye puffiness, lightheadedness and scratchy throat, also 10 minutes after receiving the Pfizer injection. He was treated with epinephrin, Pepcid and Benadryl. He was back to normal within an hour and released.
- In the UK, two healthcare workers suffered serious allergic reactions after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. Both had a history of allergic reactions.
- In Boston, doctor Dr. Hossein Sadrzadeh, a geriatric oncologist at Boston Medical Center, suffered a serious allergic reaction after receiving the Modern Covid Vaccine. He has a history of allergic reactions to shell fish and carries an EpiPen, which he self administered after he had an almost instant reaction which included dizziness and an accelerated heart beat.
If you have a history of allergic reactions, you should hold off on receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.