From Healthy Habits
After dealing with an unprecedented year like 2020, we finally see some rays of sunshine due to the development of COVID-19 vaccines. The vaccines, namely Pfizer and Moderna, have been authorized in our country, and the vaccination has already begun. In fact, Dr. Anthony Fauci said quite recently that they are administrating almost half a million injections a day.
Both vaccines require two doses, the last one being administrated almost four weeks after the first one. And if you’re wondering why you need to take two doses, infectious disease expert Dr. John A. Sellick D.O. explained that to us. He said that the first dose primes the immune system, while the second one boosts it in order to give high-level protection.
Vaccination is crucial to put an end to this pandemic that has forced us to change so many aspects of our lives, but, nevertheless, a question is still popping into our heads every single time we think about it.
What are the side effects of the coronavirus vaccine?
It will do more harm than good? To answer the last question, no. Just like any other vaccine, the coronavirus one is meant to stop the spread of COVID-19. Indeed, some of us may experience several side effects, but still—do you really want to put 2020 on repeat?
Doctors warn that all of us should be aware of the possible side effects the coronavirus vaccine may exhibit, but they also want us to acknowledge that without it, we may not see the world we knew before. Staying informed about the current events regarding the coronavirus vaccine could answer many questions. However, make sure you always receive your information from reliable sources.
With that in mind, let’s find out the possible side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Just like catching the virus itself, a side effect the coronavirus vaccine may manifest is fever. Kristen Choi is a nurse researcher who wants to tell us that she experienced fever after her second dose. She added that after taking her temperature, the readings said 104.9 °F.
Dr. Fauci said not long ago that you might experience fever as a side effect, so this is not a surprising revelation.
2. Pain in the arm
Experiencing severe pain in your arm is actually the result of the injection. Those who have had a flu shot before can relate. This was also the case with Kristen Choi. She said that, near the infection site, her arm became really painful.
Medical experts also warned about this side effect. In fact, former FDA Chief Dr. Margaret Hamburg said you might also experience irritation and swelling at the injection site.
‘Can the COVID vaccine surprise me with a headache?’ Well, yes. Another side effect of the vaccination is experiencing headaches. But, again, this could also be a sign of contracting the virus. And, as we’ve said before, the initial vaccine primes the immune system first and then strengthens it.
A feeling of being cold was also reported as a COVID vaccine side effect. Experiencing chills has various root causes. From pneumonia and urinary tract infections (UTIs) to meningitis, malaria, and the common flu, chills are present in many conditions.
It’s an irritating side effect since an episode can last as long as 60 minutes, but not so ‘concerning’ as the rest. Hamburg said that most patients had chills and low-grade fever.
Choi said she also felt ‘nauseous’ after taking the injection. But, once more, nausea can also be a pretty common side effect of the flu shot. What’s also important to know, is that nausea is usually mild in both cases.
On top of that, according to experts, nausea is typically a side effect experienced within the first 48 hours following the injection. In fact, long-term side effects from any vaccines are quite rare.
Fatigue is extremely common. We all deal with it from time to time, and we might also ‘welcome’ it when we will take our vaccine doses. Hamburg added as well a ‘sense of fatigue’ to the side effect list.
However, an epidemiologist at the University of Michigan, Arnold Monto, explains why we might experience feelings of tiredness.
Monto said that the coronavirus vaccine is actually ‘more reactogenic than the flu vaccine.’ He continued saying that reactogenicity is completely normal and people shouldn’t be scared or discouraged from getting the vaccine.
7. A serious allergic reaction
For most of us, there’s no surprise seeing ‘an allergic reaction’ on this list as all health websites, news television channels, and health authorities have confirmed it. Soon after receiving the vaccine, two healthcare workers suffered an anaphylactoid reaction.
After this unfortunate event, health authorities warn us to be mindful of our allergies. However, Dr. Anthony Fauci believes that this side effect is ‘rare and unusual.’ He also added that ‘we’ll be looking closely at this issue and particularly taking care of those who do have an underlying, allergic phenomenon.’
Despite all these side effects, the coronavirus vaccines are considered safe. While no one wants to experience any side effects from the vaccine, they do occur. For what it’s worth, the same side effects we’re so scared of could indicate that the vaccine is actually fulfilling its purpose.
So, what do you think about vaccination? Will you get the vaccine?