There are still many new things to learn from the COVID vaccine. Not everyone reacts the same way to it, and it has some side effects that might feel overwhelming at first. Still, that’s one of the most effective ways to protect yourself and the people you care for against the coronavirus pandemic.
If you’re going to take the vaccine, or you recently did, you might feel a few side effects that you weren’t expecting. That’s completely normal, though, and it’s actually a good thing that you’re feeling that way.
During an interview, Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief White House COVID advisor, named a couple of side effects your body might feel after you take your dose. These side effects, as he puts it, should be viewed as welcome since it’s a sign that your immune system is responding to your vaccination.
6. How Does the COVID Vaccine Work?
The COVID vaccine works just like any other regular vaccine, it basically helps to train our bodies to fight against COVID by imitating certain features and functions COVID has.
More specifically, the COVID vaccine tells our bodies to recreate their own version of the spike protein that’s found outside the SARS-CoV-2 virus. After creating its own version of the spike protein, your immune system learns that it doesn’t belong and starts to create immunity against it.
This causes your body to feel two main symptoms, which Fauci said are nothing to worry about. You might start to feel chills and aches across your body, but that’s how your body deals with possible threats and will ultimately give you better immunity against COVID-19.
It’s also possible that you don’t feel these side effects. During the Moderna trials, only 43% of the people who took the vaccine experienced chills.
5. There Are Other Side Effects
Feeling aches or chills all over your body might be the most common side effects, but they aren’t the only ones. There are other symptoms or side effects you might feel after you take the COVID vaccine.
It’s worth mentioning that most people start to feel these side effects after taking the second dose of the vaccine. Even if it’s possible that you don’t suffer any side effects, it’s worth knowing what your body might experience. Here are some of the most common side effects of taking the COVID vaccine.
4. You Might Feel Joint Pain
Joint pain is a very common side effect of the COVID vaccine. 46% of people who took the vaccine in the Moderna trials experienced joint pain after the first hours or days of taking the COVID vaccine.
Not only that, but you might experience muscle pain as well. People who took the COVID vaccine have experienced muscle pain all over their body, but more specifically at the injection site.
3. You Might Experience Headaches
It’s also highly likely that you’ll feel headaches after you take the vaccine. Over 64% of people who took the vaccine experienced light or strong headaches. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most people felt this side effect after the second dose.
Although it’s recommended that you don’t take any medication before getting the COVID vaccine, experts say that it’s okay to take medication for your headache after you took the vaccine. Of course, you should know which medication to take, and there are two medications you should not take with the COVID vaccine.
2. You Might Feel Fatigued
Feeling tired or exhausted is a pretty common side effect of the COVID vaccine, but also for other vaccines. Over 70% of people during the Moderna vaccine trials reported feeling fatigued or exhausted after the vaccination.
Feeling fatigue is normal for many vaccines because that’s one of your body’s natural responses. Your immune system is dealing with a new disease, and feeling tired is an inflammatory response to the situation.
Of course, just because it’s a side effect doesn’t mean it should be normal to feel this way after a longer period of time. If you keep feeling fatigued, even after it’s been several days, you might need to report it to your doctor. You can also try to eat better, and eat foods that get rid of fatigue.
1. Pain at the Injection Site
Probably the most common side effect people will feel is pain at the injection site. Over 92% of the people who took the Moderna vaccine reported feeling pain in their arms.
Not only that, but it’s possible that you’ll see some redness and swelling in your vaccinated arm. Even though that’s a common side effect, you should constantly watch it in case the swelling, redness, or pain becomes more than normal. And you should report it to your doctor if needed.