What do I do if I get COVID symptoms from the vaccine?
You can’t get COVID-19 from a vaccine. The vaccines currently available in the U.S. don’t contain the live virus that causes COVID-19. If you develop flu-like symptoms — such as fever, chills, headache, or fatigue — after getting vaccinated, these may be normal side effects that tell you that your body is responding to the vaccine and building up its defenses. You could also become sick if you were infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or just after getting the vaccine, because it typically takes your body a few weeks after vaccination to develop immunity. If your symptoms don’t get better after a few days, or if they become worrisome, contact your doctor.
Other questions related to Coronavirus and COVID-19
- How dangerous is COVID-19?
- How do people become infected with COVID-19?
- What about pregnant women? Should they get vaccinated?
- 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?
- Can children get the vaccine or just adults at this time?
- Who should be tested for COVID-19?
- How will vaccines be distributed? Just hospitals and maybe CVS/Walgreens/pharmacies because of the cold temperature requirement?
- How many vaccination shots are available in the U.S.?
- How many times will I need to be vaccinated?
- How can I protect myself from getting COVID-19?