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 I get COVID-19 from the vaccine?
- Can things go back to normal for me once I get the vaccine?
- Do I have to pay for the vaccine?
- How does the vaccine affect people with allergies?
- 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?
- How many times will I need to be vaccinated?
- What about pregnant women? Should they get vaccinated?
- What do I do if I get COVID symptoms from the vaccine?
- Who should be tested for COVID-19?
- How can I protect myself from getting COVID-19?