At present, when the country is reeling under the pressure of COVID-19, we know vaccination is the only way to protect yourself from developing severe disease. Getting the shot helps to boost immunity against the deadly virus which has claimed so many lives across the globe. It should be noted that experiencing side effects is normal after getting the jab, but they are just a marker that the vaccine dose is building antibodies in your body. There is nothing to be scared of as most of the symptoms go away on their own after two-three days. Here are some common symptoms of the COVID-19 vaccine that you may experience after getting the shot.
Fever and chills
Fever accompanied by chills and shivers is a common side effect of the COVID-19 vaccines. After getting the shot, you may experience a rise in body temperature. It may go above 100 F and may bother you one or two days after getting the jab.
Fatigue or weakness after getting the jab is another sign that the vaccine is doing its job. You may feel extremely tired and lethargic. This may last for a day or 2 days at most. Make sure you drink plenty of water, eat healthy and take an ample amount of rest.
The COVID-19 vaccine contains antigens of the virus that help the body to build antibodies against coronavirus. Due to this, most of the side effects of the vaccine are similar to that of the infection. Headache can be a common sign, which may be mistaken for a COVID symptom.
Fever, chills and fatigue, in many cases, is accompanied by feeling nauseous. You may feel the urge to vomit, which will subside over a short time.
Swelling in arms
Redness and swelling in the arms after getting the jab can cause mild discomfort, but it gets better with time. Moving your arms a little may help to provide relief.
Body ache and joint pain are other side-effects of the vaccine in most cases. You may also experience stiffness and swelling. This problem is more common in people above 50.
How do I cope with these symptoms?
If you are experiencing unmanageable pain, which is interfering with your daily tasks, talk to your doctor. They may prescribe you over-the-counter medicines, such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen, aspirin, or antihistamines. But do not self-prescribe! To reduce pain and discomfort where you have got the shot, apply a clean, cool or wet cloth and perform some arm exercises. Also, try to keep yourself hydrated to bring the temperature down. Experiencing some side effects after getting the shot is normal. It may go away on its own after 2-3 days. In case the redness or tenderness in your arm gets worse in 24 hours or your side-effects do not seem to fade even after a few days, consult your doctor. Remember, getting the shot is the best thing you can do to protect yourself and the people around you.