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Everything you need to know about the Covid vaccine side-effects

Everything you need to know about the Covid vaccine side-effects
Georgia Carter
Georgia Carter Updated: 13 May 2021
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The Covid-19 pandemic is still raging. But there’s finally a light at the end of the tunnel with the Covid vaccine on it’s way to Australia and the rest of the world. Currently, the only vaccines approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) are the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine and Oxford/Astrazeneca vaccine. But with all the information going around about the AstraZeneca Covid 19 vaccine, Novavax and Pfizer vaccines, it can be challenging to gather the correct knowledge about the vaccines, their side effects, and how to go about receiving your Covid-19 vaccine.

In this post, discover everything you need to know about the Covid-19 vaccine progress, including side effects to expect afer both the first and second shot, what to do before and after administration, and how to approach ongoing symptoms.

Key facts

  • All Covid vaccines have common side effects, which can continue for several days after administration.
  • Side effects can be more potent after the second shot of your Covid vaccine.
  • You still need to practise the Covid regulations to prevent another outbreak, even if you’re fully vaccinated.

Common COVID vaccine side effects

Pfizer Covid vaccine side effects

  • Pain and swelling where the vaccine was administrated.
  • Fatigue.
  • Headaches
  • Muscle and body stiffness and pain.
  • Fever and temperature rise.
  • Joint pain
  • Sweating and body chills.
  • Nausea

AstraZeneca Covid Vaccine side effects

  • Pain and swelling where the vaccine was administrated.
  • Fatigue.
  • Headaches
  • Muscle and body stiffness and pain.
  • Fever and temperature rise.
  • Joint pain
  • Sweating and body chills.
  • Nausea
  • Potential blood clotting

Does the AstraZeneca vaccine cause blood clots?

In 4-6 people in every million, AstraZeneca can cause blood clots. All blood clotting cases have occurred two weeks after the vaccine administration and have only been visible in women under the age of 60. Blood clotting as a side effect is unbelievably rare and the phenomenon is being strictly researched for improvement.

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Tips for getting the vaccine

When should you go to the doctor?

Contact a health professional when the vaccinated area continues to swell, pain, and a flare-up after 24 hours. If you’re still experiencing side effects and the symptoms are getting worse after a few days, call your doctor.

Side effects after the second dose

Depending on which Covid-19 vaccination you receive, side effects can appear stronger and more present after the vaccine’s second shot. These side effects remain the same, such as nausea, fever, body pains, and headaches. Apparently, side effects worsen after the second shot when taking Pfizer. In contrast, side effects are more prominent after the first shot of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Frequently asked questions and answers

  • What are some common side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine?

    Common side effects of a Covid-19 vaccination include pain and swelling where the vaccine was administrated, fatigue and tiredness, head pain, muscle pain, body stiffness and pain, fever and a rise in temperature, joint pain and stiffness, sweating, body chills, and nausea.
  • How long after the vaccine do symptoms show up?

    While side effects differ for each person, they can normally be experienced within 24 hours after vaccine administration, continuing until seven days after administration. If side effects continue or worsen after a few days, contact a medical or health professional.
  • What are the precautions after taking the Covid vaccine?

    After receiving your vaccination, continue practising all Covid-19 regulations. Keep wearing your mask when you leave your house, covering both your mouth and nose, wash your hands regularly, remain 6 feet or 1.5 metres away from other people, and avoid large gatherings.
  • Is Covid test required after vaccination?

    Even though the number of people receiving the Covid vaccinations is increasing, we still need to take the correct steps to prevent another outbreak. It’s recommended that you still check for the Covid-19 virus. Suppose you experience any symptoms after getting the vaccine seven days after administration. In that case, it’s best to receive a Covid-19 test for safety and health reasons.
  • Can you get Covid after being fully vaccinated?

    The Covid vaccines are extremely effective, but none are proven to be one hundred per cent efficient and fully protective. A small amount of people who have received the vaccine has contracted the virus. It is therefore important to monitor your side effects and symptoms after getting the vaccine and abiding by the Covid-19 regulations.

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