COVID-19 Vaccine: Side Effects You Might Experience

As the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine starts to be available for more people, including the population of the United States and the United Kingdom, we are also starting to learn more about how people are reacting to it and the possible side effects the vaccine comes with.

Because of this, the U.S Food and Drug Administration has warned about the possible side effects you could experience after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. These side effects vary from person to person, so it’s possible that you could get one of these side effects or none at all.

Before we review the possible side effects of taking the COVID-19 vaccine, it’s important to mention that the potential benefits from the vaccine outweigh its side effects. Even though we don’t yet know exactly how long the vaccine protects you against COVID-19, we’ll know more about the benefits and side effects as the vaccine starts to reach more people.

It’s also worth mentioning that, even though the FDA doesn’t consider these side effects to be severe, it’s important that you report any issues you had to your doctors and even call 911 if you feel it’s necessary.

Last but not least, the FDA is also reporting that the side effects listed below often start after the second dose. People who take the COVID-19 vaccine have to take two different doses three weeks apart from each other. You’re more likely to feel any of the side effects after the second dose, but it’s still possible that you might feel them after the first dose as well.

9. Injection Site Pain, Swelling, or Redness

Injection Site

Some people have reported feeling pain in the arm where they were injected. Although this pain could be mild, it’s possible that you could experience some severe arm pain as well. That’s what happened to Kristen R. Choi, a nursing researcher who explained her experience after getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

She talks about how painful her arm felt after getting the second shot. She also had a fever and felt nausea, headaches, and dizziness, which we’ll talk about later.

Besides the pain, your arm might also swell and turn red. You might also experience some irritation on your arm as well.


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