What are the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine?
After you get the COVID-19 vaccine, you may have pain and swelling in the arm where you got the shot. You may also feel tired or get a fever, chills, or headache. Side effects are a normal sign that your body is building up protection against COVID-19. They should go away in a few days. Currently, both available COVID-19 vaccines require two shots for full immunity. If you have side effects after your first shot, you should still get the second one unless your doctor or vaccine provider tells you not to. Rarely, COVID-19 vaccines can cause a severe allergic reaction that requires emergency treatment. If you believe you are having a severe allergic reaction after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, seek care immediately by calling 911.
Other questions related to Coronavirus and COVID-19
- Can children get the vaccine or just adults at this time?
- How dangerous is COVID-19?
- How many vaccination shots are available in the U.S.?
- How does the vaccine affect people with allergies?
- Is there a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot?
- What does the vaccine actually mean for changes for daily life? Still wear a mask and keep distance?
- Is there anyone who shouldn't get the vaccine?
- How many shots do I need to get in total?
- How can I protect myself from getting COVID-19?
- Can people who are vaccinated still spread COVID-19 to others? For example, is there a chance they "carry" the infection but wouldn't know?