Before getting vaccinated, individuals get tested for Covid19. The test could either take place at home using home test kits or in a clinic. For easier testing, it is advisable to carry out a PCR-swab-test.
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After ascertaining that one has been infected with COVID19, it is generally known that COVID-19 vaccination helps in protecting people from getting COVID-19.
Grown-ups and children may have some side effects from taking the vaccine. This is a normal sign that their body’s building protection. Some of these side effects may have an impact on their ability to carry out some or most of their daily activities but should go away after a few days. Few people have no side effects, and allergic reactions are very rare.
Some of the serious side effects of the COVID vaccines that could cause long-term health problems are extremely unlikely following any of the COVID-19 vaccinations. Vaccine monitoring has historically shown that the side effects generally take place within six weeks of receiving a vaccine dose.
Please note that the benefits of COVID-19 vaccination would always outweigh the known and possible risks even though unusual cases of myocarditis (the inflammation of the heart muscle) and pericarditis (the inflammation of the outer lining of the heart) is said to happen to adolescents and young adults often after getting the second dose than after taking the first dose of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines
Common side effects of COVID vaccine on the hand and some parts of the body include;
- Pain in the hand
- Redness of spot injected
- Swelling on spot injected
- Muscle pain throughout the body
- Nausea feeling
Have a conversation with a doctor or medical professional before purchasing any over-the-counter medicine pain relief like ibuprofen, acetaminophen, aspirin, or antihistamines for any pain and distress you may encounter after you get vaccinated.
Many people take drugs like these to curtail side effects after vaccination. That is if they have no other medical reasons that deter them from taking these medications on a regular day.
Make sure you inquire from your child’s healthcare provider before using a non-aspirin pain reliever and taking other steps you can take at home to comfort your child after vaccination.
Do not take these medicines before vaccination for the purpose of trying to stave off side effects.
Side Effects After Taking Second Shot
Here, side effects could be more serious than the ones encountered after taking the first shot. As usual, these are normal signs that the body is building protection and should disappear after a few days.
Side Effects After Receiving a Booster Shot
Reactions noted after getting a booster shot are similar to those after the two-dose. Effects like fever, headache, fatigue and pain at the injection site were the most commonly reported. However, as with the two-dose or single-dose primary series, serious side effects are rare but could happen.
How to reduce pain and discomfort
- You can reduce pain and discomfort where your shot is given by applying a clean, cool, and wet washcloth over the area and using or exercising your arm for a bit.
- You can reduce discomfort from fever by drinking plenty of fluids and dressing lightly.
When to call your doctor
We all know that the side effects of vaccines can impact your or your kid’s ability to carry out everyday activities, but they should go away after a few days.
As stated earlier, in most cases, discomfort from pain or fever is a natural sign that your body is building protection. However, you will need to contact your doctor or healthcare professional if:
- The redness or tenderness where your shot was given gets worse after 24 hours
- The side effects of the collected vaccine are worrying or do not appear to be going away after a few days