12 Covid-19 Vaccine Side Effects You May Experience
It seems like getting the Covid-19 vaccine is all anyone can talk about. Who can blame them? People are done with being couped up and not being able to see their loved ones. There have been many different rumors about the vaccine, some are truthful, some are absurd. Let’s talk about confirmed vaccine side effects.
12 Covid-19 Vaccine Side Effects
Just because there are 12 different side effects listed, doesn’t mean a person will have all or even any of these side effects. It’s just a list for you to be aware of. Any of these effects are usually mild and lasts around 12 to 48 hours.
These are general side effects for all 3 of the different vaccines. If you get the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, the second shot tends to be a little rougher than the first.
Pain at the Injection Site
Having pain in the injection shot area is normal. There can also be some redness or swelling, but it should go away. This is a common side effect for all kinds of different shots.
This is separate from pain at the injection site. Covid arm happens around 5 to 7 days after getting the vaccine. It causes a red, itchy arm.
A red lesion that appears at the injection site can be 1 to 5-inches square.
It’s not known why this happens, though a guess is that the vaccine moved outside the muscle and into the soft tissue. It also could be an allergic reaction, though that’s not common.
Swollen Lymph Nodes
This side effect is actually a good thing. Swollen lymph nodes mean your body is reacting to the vaccine and defending against it.
This side effect is more common with the Moderna shot, happening in 1 in 10 people. The swelling will happen in the lymph nodes in your underarm near the injection site.
People who get the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine have reported getting a headache after the first or second shot. It’s a common side effect that can be eased with aspirin.
This side effect can happen in either dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. The second vaccine tends to be the one that wipes people out.
In the Pfizer trials, fatigue was reported in 47% of people after the 1st shot and 59% after the second in people under 55.
The first shot of the Moderna vaccine had 39% fatigue from people 18 to 64, and 68% reported it after the second.
The Johnson & Johnson shot had 38% of people feeling fatigued.
Don’t be concerned and if you’re able to, take a nap and let your body rest.
- Fever and/or Chills
This is another good side effect to have, even if it’s annoying. Fever and chills happen because your immune system is being activated. It doesn’t appear to be a common side effect.
If you do experience this make sure to drink lots of fluids.
Around 20% of people in the trials for the Moderna vaccine had nausea after the 2nd dose.
14% of people who got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine had nausea as well.
Technically, this side effect hasn’t been reported for the Pfizer trials.
To help dispel nausea, try resting, eating bland foods, or if it gets bad enough, ask your doctor for some anti-nausea medicine.
- Muscle Pain
This effect is another response from your body’s immune system being activated. This pain can range from slight aches to full muscle pain. Just rest and use heat and cold if it becomes too bothersome.
Dizziness is the third most common side effect people experience after getting any covid vaccine.
Brain Fog or “Vax Fog”
This side effect is when you feel foggy and have a hard time focusing. Some think it could be connected to the headache side effect.
While not a physical side effect, many people are reporting having strange dreams after getting the shot. This isn’t a clinical reported side effect, instead, it’s self-reported data.
This isn’t really a side effect and more of an allergic reaction. It’s rare but still worth mentioning. This reaction happens within 30 minutes of being vaccinated. If you experience this effect after getting the first shot, do not get the second one.
Now knowing what kind of side effects you may experience, you should plan ahead. If you can, take the day off from work that way you can rest. Don’t take any painkillers before getting the shot.
If you do get side effects, you can report them to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).
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