Have you been hearing more and more about the different Covid-19 vaccines and wondering what the side effects are? Well, we’ve compiled some information for you. Getting your vaccine can be both an amazing and stressful experience depending on your circumstances, and it can often help to know beforehand and in your recovery what sort of things your body might experience. Find out more about vaccine side effects below as well as information on Covid-19 testing which remains an important tool to stop infection spread whether you’ve received your vaccine or not.
- Getting the Covid-19 Vaccine
Getting a vaccination is a process through which your body is introduced to weakened or inactive parts of an antigen that triggers the building of immunity. This weakened antigen will not cause you to get Covid-19 but will allow your body to build up protection and help you to either have no symptoms or only mild symptoms, rather than the more serious symptoms or death that might come from Covid-19 for those who are unvaccinated. It is common to receive some side effects post-vaccination, however, these side effects should go away in a few days.
- Common Side Effects
Some of the common side effects experienced initially by those who have just received the vaccine include pain, redness, or swelling on the arm where the person has received their shot. Other side effects that have been recorded are tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, fever, and nausea. These side effects might occur shortly after the vaccine has been received and should not be long-lasting. In extremely rare cases, allergic reactions to the vaccine may occur, however healthcare professionals require patients to remain under observation for a short period of time after receiving the vaccine in the case of any such reaction, and this is not something you need to be concerned with after you’ve been cleared to go home.
- Reduce Discomfort
If you’re looking to reduce some of the discomforts from the side effects of the Covid-19 vaccine, you can speak to your doctor about taking over-the-counter medication such as ibuprofen, aspirin, or antihistamines for any discomfort that may occur. Keep in mind that it is not recommended to take these medicines before receiving the vaccine as a preventative measure for the side-effects. Remember to also drink plenty of fluids, exercise the arm where you received the vaccine to help with any stiffness, and keep these tips in mind for your second dose.
Whether or not you’ve received your vaccine, it’s important to still wear your mask, maintain social distance, and get tested if you have symptoms or have been exposed to someone with a confirmed Covid-19 case. Research remains unclear on how vaccinated individuals can still be carriers and infect others with the virus, so regular testing is a great way to continue mitigating transmission. If you’re looking to make a Covid-19 testing appointment, contact Surfside Urgent Care at Laguna Beach today. We offer Rapid Antigen, PCR, and Antibody Covid-19 testing, and if you contact us one of our qualified healthcare professionals will help you book your appointment today!